Go Green and Save Green

on November 2, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Having just written a book about some practical ways churches can grow their finances and stretch their dollars to provide greater outreach than ever before, I’ve encountered countless examples of other faith communities stretching their own “fish and loaves” to better disciple and minister in their towns and cities. One example that isn’t always an […]

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Fish and Loaves through Grants and Crowdfunding

on October 25, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Grants are often a mystery to pastors and are overlooked as a potential funding source for new projects or programs that line up with vision and mission. But many churches have benefited from grants, and your congregation can, too. This is a great resource for understanding your church’s tax-exempt status: http://grantspace.org/tools/knowledge-base/Funding-Resources/Foundations/faith-based Take a local class […]

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Church Mergers

on October 11, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

A growing number of churches are discovering that their most effective partnerships, the best way to increase their outreach without increasing their budgets, is through church mergers. Sometimes this is the last thing a pastor or a congregation wants to consider. It can feel like it threatens our identity or betrays our church’s history. Yet, […]

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Love Local

on October 5, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

The local movement is cause to celebrate. We’re all looking around our neighborhoods for ways to connect meaningfully with one another. Businesses, too, are looking for ways to give back to their local communities. As churches, rather than shying away from business, let’s partner and participate in the good work our local businesses are doing. […]

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Power in Partnerships

on September 27, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Partners as the Fish and Loaves, Part 1: Community Partners If you can dream it up, you can team it up. Richie Norton Hundreds of people in our towns and cities are already doing God’s Kingdom work daily! As churches, we have a tendency to create “new” programs either out of a desire for control or […]

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Using your Assets: Part 1—More people in the buildings!

on September 19, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Do you daydream about ministries that could be happening at your church? Do you pray for more people to walk through those doors? Do you have wasted space in your building? Every pastor I know can answer yes to these three questions. So let’s take a look at what we have at hand. What spaces […]

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Seven ways to create missional buy-in and drive ministry in your church

on September 14, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Scripture teaches us that when people have vision, they are inspired to follow what is communicated and put back in order that which is out of order. There is much in our world that is out of order; a clear vision compels people to engage in the work at hand to make the community a […]

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Seven paths to financial health and abundant outreach

on September 13, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

If your theological training went anything like mine did, church finances were not on the radar. Maybe you eagerly accepted a call to a full-time pastor position, only to quickly find yourself responsible for the church’s less-than-stellar finances on top of your own student loans. Or maybe you’ve struggled to find a pastor position that […]

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