95% of Pastors Don’t Count this (and it’s Killing their Growth)

Most leaders know some of the numbers – i.e. attendance, how many got saved on Sunday, the offering, etc… But what we can forget as leaders is the relationship that all of these numbers have to each other.

Here’s what I mean:

How many first time guests did you have on Sunday? That number speaks to your outreach.

Let’s say you had 10 second time guests this past Sunday; those who come back speak to your assimilation rate.

How many of those guests actually stick at your church? That speaks to the strength of your discipleship systems, teaching, and membership process.

My point is this: all of these numbers are connected. If your membership numbers are down, it might be because the number of 1st time guests may have been down last quarter. If your guest numbers are low, it means your outreach needs to be ramped up.

If your new believer classes aren’t filling up, you may need to hit evangelism a little harder.

As leaders, we tend to focus on the one number and sometimes we forget that all of the numbers are connected. So when you’re looking at your numbers to figure out how an area is operating, make sure you look at the numbers that feed the area you’re looking at.

So let’s ask one last question: What percent of guests do you expect to stay at your church?

If you want newcomers to stick, you need a strong assimilation process in place.

So I’ve designed a free training that will help you overcome the 5 Assimilation Killers that keeps people from plugging into your church.

You need a system that makes plugging into your church easy.

Here’s what I’m going to be covering during this webinar:

  • How to capture contact data for follow up
  • How to create clear next steps for newcomers
  • How to create a welcoming culture in your church
  • How to be prepared for guests before they show up
  • How to get your ministries to work together in assimilating new people

We are offering this webinar Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.

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A Stewardship Lesson from a Used Car Salesman

There’s this used car salesman that I know.

Actually he runs an entire dealership, but I sold him my old car last year.

As we were talking, the topic of tax returns came up.

He said, “Bob, we are devoting all of our ads to encourage people to spend their tax refunds on a new car. We give them a vision for their money. That unexpected money could be used to get the car they’ve always wanted.”

He went on and said, “You need to do the same. At Calvary, you need to give people a vision for that money so they can see it as a tool for the Kingdom.”

I was so inspired after that meeting.

And I learned a great lesson.

As pastors, part of our role is to help people have a godly vision their resources and see it put to kingdom use.

Here’s the reality: Summer is less than 2 months away.

The time to get prepared financially is now. Don’t wait until the Summer giving slump hits to think about stewardship.

Now is the time.

To help you get ready I’m offering a 24 hour discount on our Top Selling Stewardship Bundle.  Normally it sells for $199.85.  But for just today you can get it for only $99.

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4.5 Ways To Make Mother’s Day Huge

I’ve been telling people forever that Mother’s Day can a huge day for your church if you promote it correctly.

Mother’s Day has historically been our 2nd highest attended Sunday of the year (2nd only to Easter)

I hear from Pastors all the time who are asking what they can do to make Mother’s Day big.

So I complied 4.5 simple things we do that you can easily implement at your church.

#1 – Invite everyone who came on Easter to Mother’s Day

We write a letter to everyone who attended on Easter to attend on Mother’s Day. It sounds really simple, but this little strategy gets a huge response.

#2 – Do Free Mother’s Day Portraits

Most families don’t get professional Mother’s Day portraits done every year. So offering a studio quality family portrait is a great blessing to families.

#3 – Mail a “Save the date” card to everyone in your database

People don’t realize when Mother’s Day is until that week. A little bit of notice will put Mother’s Day on their radar and cause people to make plans to attend your church.

#4 – Preach the Gospel

Listen, this is one of your biggest attended Sundays of the year. Don’t neglect drawing in the net. Lots of people will respond if you present the Gospel and give people an opportunity to respond. If your congregation knows you’re going to preach the Gospel, they will invite their unchurched friends to attend.

There’s one other thing that’s really important. It’s not something that will get more people to your church on Mother’s Day, but it will make Mother’s Day infinitely more effective…

#4.5 – Capture data

You can’t follow up with anonymous people. People need to let you know who they are so you can follow up with them.

This means making sure they fill out a communication card in your church service and/ or children’s ministry when they drop their kids off.

Here’s the bottom line: Mother’s Day is a huge day if you will invest in it.

This is why we want to help you make Mother’s Day one of the biggest days of your year.

That’s why we’re offering our Mother’s Day bundle to everyone who joins Evangelism Ninja right now

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Sunday Stuff (Week After Easter Edition)

Here’s my week in review post (and a recap of Sunday)…

– Solid Sunday at Calvary.

– Lots of new faces and lots of people making decisions today during the invitation.

– I’m loving this “Faith, Hope, and Love” series that we’re in. When you teach on love, you’ll never run out of material.

– I’ll be teaching this series until we move into our building.

– Speaking of our building, the May 3rd Grand Opening isn’t happening. It’s going to happen sometime in May, but the 1st week won’t be it.

– One of the biggest challenges for me in this entire building project has been moments where I feel completely out of control. I know that I’m a capable guy who knows a lot of people, but there have been a lot of moments where I’ve been completely helpless. That’s a naturally hard place for me. God has used this entire process in my life and I’ve growth so much, but man has it been painful. (This might not make sense to some. I’m not a control freak. I trust the people around me, but I’m a guy who’s always available to step in when my staff has a problem. However, sometimes things are totally out of your control and you just have to wait. That’s tough for me.)

– I think the stat is that 70% of pastors who build buildings quit within a year of the building’s completion… I totally understand why. It takes everything you’ve got and then some to it done.

– I’ve never been much of a fiction reader, but I absolutely love the Harry Potter books. Just started The Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3). Totally amazing. Such good writing. Very inspiring.

– Here’s rule #1 if you want to be a writer: Read good writing. (Rule #2 by the way, is… start writing).

– By the way, if you’ve seen the Harry Potter movies, the books are far and away superior. I loved the movies, but the books make me cry.

– We’re trying to post great content on the blog every week. Typically, we write 3 new posts a week. If there’s something you’d like to me to talk about, put in in the comments and I’ll see if we can address it.

– I’m going to do a totally live event in the next couple of weeks to help prepare churches for Mother’s Day. I want to find a new venue outside of webinars. Something that has a Q and A component and addresses the actual questions people have.

– On the Church Ninja front, we brought 2 new team members onboard. I’ll talk about them in the next week or so. These are top shelf ninjas in their own right. I’m blessed they are joining the team. They are going to take what we do at Church Ninja to a new level.

– If you want to see a picture of a real tribe, go to www.pottermore.com. This is the online community for Harry Potter fans. JK Rowling posts short stories on the site. This is the only site I know of that Amazon directs you to them to buy the Kindle versions of the Harry Potter books. Very impressive.

– After being a portable church for almost 15 years, it feels weird to think about having a permanent home. I’m guessing it’s like having kids. It seems so weird to imagine what it would be like to have children. The once you have kids, you forget what life was like without them.

– I’m ordering 2 new movie posters for my new office to go with my Empire Strikes Back and Wrath of Khan posters. Movie posters are my favorite kind of “art” because they look great and they’re great conversation pieces. I’ve narrowed the possibilities down to 4-5. All in the sci-fi/ fantasy/ action genre.

– The Red Sox are off to a great start!

– I’m taking a couple of days off later in the week. I’m wiped out. Leading a church, building a building, and running Church Ninja are 3 full-time jobs. I’m looking forward to disengaging… by attending a writing seminar :)

– Have a great week.

What About After Easter?

This past weekend we had record attendance and decisions at Calvary on Easter weekend.

Close to 3,500 in attendance and 278 people making a decision to follow Jesus.

It was a weekend I’ll never forget.

But every Pastor has this lingering thought in the back of his mind: what about the week after Easter and the week after that.  Many churches will go back to being stuck in the mud.

There’s several things that churches need to do to keep growing after Easter.

Here’s 5 that you can start doing today…

#1 Keep growing yourself – growing churches are led by growing leaders. Period.

#2 Improve your systems – your current systems are giving you your current results. Improve your systems and you’ll improve your results.

#3 Develop new leaders – You can’t build a 20-story house on a 10-story foundation. In the same way, you can’t keep adding to your congregation without adding leaders.

#4 Follow up – If you only improved your follow up, your church would grow. Too many churches let people slip out the back door because they have poor follow up.

#5 Do Strategic Outreach – Leverage your calendar and create “Mini-Easters” all throughout the year.

The next strategic day on the calendar is Mother’s Day.  At Calvary, Mother’s Day is the 2nd highest attended service of the year.

To help you out we have a customized Mother’s Day bundle that we give to everyone who’s signing up for our coaching program Evangelism Ninja (14 day trial for only $1).  It will give you everything you need to promote your Mother’s Day Services and make a huge splash post Easter.

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