The Church Network Weekly Update
Nov. 26, 2014

How to give money less power over your church
New Small Church
Money is in charge of too many of our churches. It's a trap too many good churches find themselves in. There are no easy answers, but New Small Church shares a decision one church made over two decades ago that has proven to be a great starting point in allowing churches to follow God more and money less.More

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5 reasons why millennials do not want to be pastors or staff in established churches
The Christian Post
Not all millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are and many churches are approaching a tipping point where they are unable to attract millennial members or leaders. If it is not dealt with, it will likely soon be a crisis. But, what is it about established churches that push away millennials? Let's examine that question first, and then look at some possible solutions.More

Where does the money come from?
Faith & Leadership
Each year, every employee in the Faith & Leadership office is required to certify that his work is aligned with the source paying his salary. As is typical at research universities, any employee whose salary is partially paid by a grant must certify that he is working on that project and at what percentage. The advantage of the certification system is that it focuses the employee’s attention on the source of funding. Every employee is prompted to wonder about the priorities of the funder and how this project furthers the funder's aims. More

Reach more people: Building an effective digital strategy
Worship Facilities
In today's ever-changing technical landscape, it's important that technical directors develop effective strategies for managing the technology and digital services used in their churches, especially with an increasing amount of churchgoers currently searching for spiritual content online.More

4 insights from 2 top donors
Fundraising & Philanthropy
A nonprofit's chief executive officer and board have a central role to play in the process of major donors deciding to make a significant gift. This was just one point made by John Grill and Simon Mordant – Australian philanthropists who between them have donated more than $35 million – in a candid interview at F&P's recent Art & Science of Major Gifts Seminar in Sydney.More

5 million find hope, indicate decisions for Christ online through Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's 'Search For Jesus' efforts
Christian Newswire
Search For Jesus, the Internet evangelism ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, marked a milestone this weekend as the 5 millionth person indicated a decision to accept Jesus as his Savior through their evangelistic online presence at "This is significant because we're following Billy Graham's legacy of taking the most advanced technical capabilities available and reaching people where they are with the hope of Jesus," said John Cass, BGEA's Director of Internet Evangelism. "This has given us the opportunity to go to the ends of the earth."More

International million dollar donors report examines giving in 7 regions
Wealthy donors in seven regions around the world gave 1,995 gifts totaling $26.3 billion in 2013, according to the second international Million Dollar Donors Report released by Coutts in association with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Both the total value and the number of $1 million-plus donations increased in 2013 compared to the previous year. The value of gifts of $1 million or more also rose in each of the previously studied regions respectively.More

Lubbock, Texas opens first church dedicated to deaf worship
The recent opening of Lubbock's first deaf church made it the 12th church in Texas dedicated to deaf worship. The deaf church believes the building will help their community grow but it will not change them. "Now, we're growing. There was 80 people here today, including hearing and deaf and children all together," church treasurer Lynn Bogle added. "We had over 80 people! The church is wonderful. It is wonderful. I look around at these people and I see, it's just so inspiring, the sermons, it's all very important."More

10 drills for better upfront leadership
Church Central
The most frequent question Doug Lawrence gets is, "How do I get better at being 'on stage' in my leadership?" The answer is simple: Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help — if not cure — this common angst!More

Measuring the intangible with 6 symptoms of discipleship
Church Relevance
When you work with church leaders long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. Ben Savage, a former nonprofit strategist, has been involved in lay leadership in several churches and has worked with hundreds of pastors over the years. One thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus.More

You can lose everything, but win in the end by simply going on
Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun known for her speeches on politics and religion, recently spoke to an audience about the 14 Stations of the Cross as a model for how the rest of us "can get through the hard stops of life without batting an eye, how you can lose everything and win in the end by going on." In the first station, Jesus is condemned. She compared that to the loneliness and abandonment most of us encounter at some point in life. "You're accused of something. Workers and neighbors say it's so. There is no recourse. Yet you, like Jesus, must go on, carrying your cross, getting up again and again," she said.More