church leaders

Creating a Generous Culture in Your Church

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I met Trent Dunham over 3 years ago now where I first heard him share a presentation titled “Creating a Generous Culture” to church leaders. I immediately began to integrate some of these learnings into my ministry and when I joined Dunham+Company about a year ago, I got to work building a platform for church leaders to learn these principles.

The reality to creating a generous culture is that there is no magic bullet and these principles can’t be taught and learned in a 1 hour session. They are processed through and developed over time. That is why we built ChurchPlus.

ChurchPlus is a community of church leaders learning together to create a generous culture in their churches. As a member of ChurchPlus you will participate in a monthly webinar based around a theme. This theme will be processed out in a private Facebook Group where participants will be able to process the topic further together and ask questions to the Dunham+Company team. Not only will participants have access to this ongoing content, but also to the content library that will include all previous webinars on-demand as well as 2 courses in the Dunham Fundraising Institute:

  • Creating a Generous Church Culture ($199 value)
  • Social Media for Ministry ($199 value)

For a limited time we are offering new members access to ChurchPlus for the first month for just $1 (and you can cancel anytime). You will have full access to the community and webinars as well as the 2 additional courses.

Sign up for ChurchPlus today by going to http://ChurchPlusNow.com and use the coupon code “MORE”. I will personally be leading the conversation in the Facebook Group and hope to connect with you there!

3 Tips to Crushing Snapchat

I want you to crush Snapchat! While there’s no shortcut to creating great mobile videos that engage this audience there are some best practices that I think can help you focus your hustle.  Here are 3 tips that I recommend you integrating into your strategy:

1.     Share your username on your other social networks - currently there is no way to organically find people. You must use your other platforms to grow this platform. That’s part of what makes this platform special is that it’s really hard for Marketers to win big. It’s made for real, personal interaction. Help those that are currently interacting with you elsewhere also interact with you here before they stop interacting elsewhere.

2.     Use the stories feature to tell stories - please, please don’t just use Snapchat for announcements. No one will listen. Use this platform to tell stories. Real stories of what God is doing in and through your church. As people are engaging with your stories it doesn’t hurt to pop in an announcement or two, but don’t make announcements the center of your Snapchat strategy.

3.     Be creative! - use filters, slow down video, draw on images, and make silly faces!  Be creative and have fun! When people think of church, they rarely think of fun. Why is that?  Wasn’t Jesus first miracle turning water into wine at a party? I don’t want to open up the floodgates of debate, but I do think churches should be known as a place where people have fun. Snapchat is a place where people have fun and if you want to engage most effectively here, look to make people laugh and have fun.  

I hope these help! What other tips would you recommend to other church or ministry leaders looking to crush Snapchat?

Church Innovate Conference

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My title at CBC recently changed again and definitely my favorite yet: Innovation Pastor.  Just days after making this change I was contacted by my friends at Leadership Network to participate in their upcoming online conference: Church Innovate.

Here is a description of the event:

The church is constant changing.  Leadership Network works with hundreds of churches all over the United States and Canada.  In the course of that work, we've identified three major areas of ministry that are changing rapidly... three main areas of church innovation that are re-shaping the church as we know it... before our very eyes.

On Tuesday, May 14, you'll hear from the innovators that are at the front edge of these ministry trends.  Over the course of three hours, you'll hear what's working, and what these individual leaders and ministries are doing to develop new ways of reaching their communities and churches with the message of Jesus.

We'll concentrate our time together on three main church innovations and what we're learning: generocity, multisite ministry, and leadership development.

Scheduled speakers include Mark Batterson, Booby Gruenwald, Toby Slough, Gunnar Johnson, Craig Groeschel, Larry Osborne, Gary Vet, Jeff Jones, and many others!

We invite you to join us for FREE!  All you need to do is RSVP!

I'm extremely excited and honored to join these incredible innovators and with Leadership Network for this online event.  I hope you will set aside 3 hours in your day on Tuesday, May 14th for this FREE and exciting event.

Click here to RSVP now or Comment if you have any questions.

All Access Notes - Greg Surratt

Greg Surratt
Greg Surratt

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development. Seacoast combines a unique approach to highly participatory worship with a heart for missional evangelism. Greg calls their weekends a “practical, spirit filled, but non-spooky, yet kind of mystical worship experience, done in multiple locations, very inexpensively.” Seacoast currently has twenty-nine weekend worship experiences in thirteen separate locations.

Here are my notes from Greg's session at the 2013 All Access Conference:

2 Kings 4: 8-37

How do I revive a dead dream? 

1)   God wants to give birth to a miracle inside of you

2)   Sometimes God allows your miracle to die

3)   Just because it doesn’t work the first time doesn’t mean it’s time to quit

4)   When nothing is impossible anything can happen.

  • When the miracle comes to life you have to tell somebody!
  • ARC is planting a new church every 4 days!  65 new churches last year!
  • Don’t quit.  Believe in God and believe in the impossible!

All Access Notes - Stovall Weems

Stovall Weems
Stovall Weems
Stovall Weems is the founding lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. He is noted for his energetic, engaging and practical communication style. As a pastor, teacher and conference speaker his ministry focuses on building the local church, reaching people with the gospel and developing followers of Christ who are passionate about their walk with God. Celebration Church is a global, diverse, multi-site church that reaches people from all walks of life. Since it began with just 7 people in 1998, the church has grown to 10 campuses in both the United States and abroad with nearly 11,000 people in weekend attendance at all of their campuses. Through local, national and international television, Stovall Weems Ministries is broadcast weekly in over 200 countries and can be seen in over 60 million homes across the United States. Stovall and his wife Kerri have three children, Kaylan, Stovie and Annabelle.

Here are the notes from Stovall's message last night at the 2013 All Access Conference:

Genesis 2:1-3

Mark 10:35-45

Pain, Calling, Identity - Those are the things that we will constantly be processing

"Leadership is much more than best practices."

Living Well- Be Seated

 What is your greatest goal?

The goal that should supersede every goal is to be seated with Christ where you have unbroken fellowship with Him.

Ephesians 2:6-7

3 Principles of "Shabbat" or Sabbath

1)    The Goal of Unbroken Fellowship with Christ. (lifestyle)

2)    Learning to "Leave it" (weekly)

3)    Learning to say "it is good" (daily)