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12 Nov. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Church Needs for Millennials: Connection and More Than a Sunday Morning Experience

Church Development shares a couple of drivers for reaching young people / Millennials: connection and needing more than a Sunday morning experience.

As one of the questions we hear the most at our workshops is, "How do we reach young people?" I've dedicated this series to answering that question. It isn't simple or clear cut, but there are enough commonalities to point you in the right direction.

Last time I covered the value of authenticity and being relatable. Here's another couple of aspects that Millennials / young people look for in churches:

7 Nov. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Church Needs for Millennials: Authenticity and Being Relatable

Church Development shares a couple of drivers for reaching young people / Millennials. Up first: authenticity and being relatable.

As one of the questions we hear the most at our workshops is, “How do we reach young people?” I’ve dedicated this series to answering that question. It isn’t simple or clear cut, but there are enough commonalities to point you in the right direction.  

Last time (before my commentary on whether Christians should celebrate Halloween), we covered the obvious in reaching young people: that despite all the parts of the Christian church that people are disenfranchised with, Jesus is still attractive. Sure, it sounds simple, but we often forget the value of that core message, especially in light of those claiming no religion being on the rise.

With this foundation in mind, let’s explore some of what Millennials / young people look for in churches:

25 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Reaching Young People: It’s All About Jesus

Church Development discusses some of what drives young people.  

I recently wrapped up a series of blogs on churches with little to no people under the age of 35—noting the issuesthe solution, and a real life example of some of the difficulties that can arise in this situation—but many churches are dealing with a less extreme situation: They have some young people, but where it used to be the transition from high school group to adult church was a bit of a leap, now it’s the gap between college and career group and regular ol’ service. In that gap, it’s tough to connect young people to volunteer opportunities and giving.

So what do they care about?

15 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Solution: Help! We Don’t Have Any Young People in Our Church

Church Development describes what churches with little to no members under the age of 35 should do to remedy the issue, as well as the issues that can arise from this solution.

In writing a series on how to reach young people in churches, we had to start with the extreme circumstance: churches that seem to be missing that generation entirely. In covering some of the associated problems last time, I noted that the solution is fairly straightforward, but that it brings up a number of issues.

For churches in this situation, I recommend that you hire a professional marketing firm to help reach young people in your area.

Not what you thought, right? 

9 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Diagnosis: Help! We Don’t Have Any Young People In Our Church!

Church Development describes what churches with no members under the age of 35 are facing.

You’ve likely seen the articles on young people leaving the church (including the rise of those claiming no religious affiliation), but it’s a question we continue to get asked in our workshops and inside the churches we help:

“How do we reach young people?”

Let’s start with a diagnosis of the extreme circumstance: You’re in a church with little to no members under the age of 25 (maybe even 35). To be fair, most churches are weak on at least one generation, but if you don’t have people under the age of 35, odds are you’re a part of an aging congregation that is past the age of raising kids, so the church can skew even more so to older generations.

Let me be clear: This can be a great church—full of love for God, each other, and the community—but eventually there are pain points that will continue to grow. 

1 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Why People Skip Church in October

Church Development shares why October is often a month people miss at church and what can be done about it. 

It's October. That means that some of your church is getting ready to stay home for a month.

Why?

Sure, football season is in full swing—so watch out for those Monday and Thursday night meetings: you can lose a number of male volunteers—but it's not the feats of athleticism keeping many people home. It's that October is often stewardship month.

By no means am I opposed to talking about stewardship. In fact, the Catholic Church often has the lowest giving percentage because they don't talk about giving. I'm talking about when and how we talk about it.

28 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

1 Chronicles 29:10-17

If there’s one prayer outside of the LORD’s prayer that I return to again and again, it’s David’s prayer of thanks in 1 Chronicles 29:10-17. It reminds us that everything we have is from God, and we give to Him from what we’ve already received.

For all I can share on in this blog, God’s view trumps all, so I’ll leave you to connect with His Word:

Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said:

“Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;

8 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Need Help With Your Church Bulletin? Contact Us

In my last blog, I shared how a Stewardship Director used the bulletin to increase annual giving at her church by an average of 6% each year for 10 years. However, many churches, although they should, do not have a specific stewardship position (combining it with the finances person doesn’t count, as that role always dwarves stewardship communications). So what do you do if you’re short on resources, but need help sharing your stewardship message in your bulletin? 

Contact Church Development about a free subscription to the Stewardship System.

By signing up, we’ll provide you with weekly bulletin inserts and other stewardship materials. Be sure to mention this blog when you contact us. You can use the contact form or call us toll-free at (800) 443-2413. 

25 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving, Part Three

Church Development looks at a third round of expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

I’ve now shared two groups of expert views on the reasons behind lower Catholic giving (see here and here), but we’re not done yet:

Catholic freelance author Jim Castelli had six reasons, coming up shy of the 19 reasons I mentioned from Fr. Thomas Sweester last time. 

16 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving: Part Two

Church Development looks at some more expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

Last time, I covered some viewpoints on what makes Catholic lower givers. These included alienation from the laity regarding controversial teaching; not focusing on personal ability to give; parish size; and not having a sense of competition with differing faiths in the area.

Let’s see what other experts have to say:

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