When DEBT is high, vision is low.

When debt is HIGH, vision is LOW. This is true in your life and your church.

High amounts of debt change our perspective and change the way we operate.  

When debt is high in your personal life, your mindset is no longer about THRIVING. Your mindset becomes all about SURVIVING. Surviving until the next time you’re able to go the grocery store. Surviving until the next power bill shows up. Surviving until the next paycheck comes in.

When church debt is high, your mindset as a leader no longer focuses on the vision God has for your church. Instead, you’re focusing on surviving another week of tithes and offerings, surviving another month without any emergency expenses, surviving another season in a facility that is too small or outdated.

But this is not the way God intended you, or your church, to operate. He has intended you to THRIVE in life without financial stress or worry. He’s intended you to dream dreams about big, exciting, immeasurably greater things He is calling you to, but making those dreams a reality requires financial freedom and this thing called margin.

In order to build financial margin in both your personal life and your church, you must do three things:

  1. Recognize God owns it all.

  2. RESOLVE yourself to build margin.

  3. Create a PLAN to build margin.

Margin gives us the space to operate freely in who God has intended us to be and what He’s called us to do, and it leads to an increased level of VISION in our lives.

To learn how you can begin to build margin in your life and at your church, listen to Episode 02 of The Ship Podcast!

The 2 biggest differences between capital campaigns and fundraisers.

In a blog post we shared on February 1st, we briefly addressed the common misconception that capital campaigns are not fundraisers, but we wanted to expound on what makes them different.  

We made the statement that many church leaders have the misconception that capital campaigns are all about money, but fundraisers are all about money. A good capital campaign is all about Jesus.

So what are the difference between fundraisers and capital campaigns?

They both involve raising funds, but there are two staunch differences between capital campaigns and fundraisers.

1) Fundraisers are events. Capital campaigns are spiritual journeys of generosity.

A fundraiser is an EVENT you invite people to raise money for a particular cause, but a church capital campaign is a spiritual journey of generosity that takes place over an extended period of time.

Fundraisers can work great for raising relatively small amounts of money in a short period of time, but they rarely transform the life of the giver. Capital campaigns, on the other hand, not only raise larger amounts of money than fundraisers, but they can be life-changing experiences for those who participate in giving.

In a church capital campaign, you can redeem the lengthy amount of time it takes to reach a specific financial goal and use it as an opportunity to disciple your people. You do this by asking them to seek God and ask Him how much He would have them sacrifice over a given period of time to further the mission and vision of your church.

2) Fundraisers are about getting something FROM people. Capital campaigns are about wanting something FOR people.

In a fundraiser, you don’t have much opportunity to add value to your givers. They are one-time events that are about asking people for money, and then once the event ends, the experience is over for the giver. Fundraisers are about getting something FROM people.

However, because church capital campaigns are about taking people on a spiritual journey of generosity, they are about wanting something FOR your people.

When it comes to personal finances, everyone in your church is somewhere on the scale of the 4 S’s. They are either in a place of:

  • Struggle

  • Stability

  • Surrender

  • Sacrifice

In a capital campaign, your goal is to shepherd people towards whatever their next step is in their journey of generosity. If they are in a place of struggle, you can provide them with financial discipleship resources that help them get to a place of stability. If their finances are stable, but they aren’t tithing, you should teach them what God’s word says then challenge them to be obedient to Him. Finally, if they are tithing and have surrendered their finances to God, you should point them to sacrificial giving - generosity that goes above and beyond the tithe.

Doing a capital campaign instead of a fundraiser allows you to take your people on a spiritual journey of generosity that helps them live more surrendered, sacrificial, generous lives. If you’re interested in doing the same for your people, an awesome resource to use is our FREE 21-day devotional, Imagine. You can actually use it IN a capital campaign and can be a great way to disciple your people on their spiritual journey of generosity.

Download your copy today!

A Recap of Johnny Hunt’s Message at C3 Conference

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas.

C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

Dr. Johnny Hunt delivered a very simple, yet practical talk on the Biblical model of leadership. The following is a recap of his session at C3 Conference.

The Lord’s Model of a Great Leader

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. - 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9

When Jesus chose to give us a model of leadership, he used a model we all could understand - a mother.

2 Words to Frame Your Perspective of Biblical Leadership Around:

METAPHOR

  • The Biblical model of leadership looks like the love of a mother.
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:7 - 9

MOTIVE

  • The motive for Biblical leadership is always LOVE.

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18 Quotes from Rich Wilkerson Jr. at C3 Conference

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas. 

C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

 Follow along as we share quotes and notes from each main session!

The following is a recap of Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s session at C3.

(This message is based on Genesis 40:1-8)

  1. When it comes to the vision God gives us, as much as we want it to occur, we need to go through a season of incubation before it comes to fruition.

  2. Incubation is to develop slowly without outward or physical signs.

  3. A dream that can’t be tested is a dream that can’t be trusted.

  4. You won't see a dream fulfilled without a dream team.

  5. Oftentimes, as leaders, we feel isolated.

  6. However, isolation is not a permanent destination.

  7. God’s dream for your life does not develop instantaneously like a picture on an iPhone, but rather, it takes time to develop, like camera film. Often, you have to go through a dark room, but fear no evil, because God is delivering you through that darkness and developing you into something beautiful.

  8. In seasons of loneliness, we learn to lean on God and know He is near in the hard times.

  9. Isolation is an invitation.

  10. You can be in a bad situation but still have a good spirit.

  11. Whatever you focus on when you’re alone is what will manifest when you’re announced.

  12. Some people want to arrive but don’t want to go on the trip. You don’t need a stage to preach. You don’t need followers to preach the gospel. Would you preach without applause or a microphone?

  13. God wants to reserve you for Himself before he reveals you to others.

  14. Isolation often leads to elevation.

  15. Joseph went from the prison of Egypt to second in command in Egypt.

  16. When you read the Bible, you aren’t looking for principles, you’re looking for a Person. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is about Jesus Christ.

  17. Being around God cannot substitute for being alone with God.

  18. Jesus went through isolation in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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15 Points from Steve Kelly on VISION at C3 Conference

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas.

 C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

 Follow along as we share quotes and notes from each main session!

The following is a recap of Steve Kelly’s session at C3.

Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18

Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. - Habakkuk 2:2

A few things I’ve learned about vision:

  1. Without a vision, you go back to your past. (Judas)

  2. Vision keeps you young. (Abraham)

  3. You need to wear the restraint of that vision.

  4. You need to write your vision down.

  5. Vision needs to be CLEAR.

  6. Vision has an end in mind.

The only miracle Jesus had to pray for twice was for a man’s VISION to be restored.

Nehemiah was a visionary leader.

Things I’ve learned about vision from the story of Nehemiah:

1) All vision starts with a burden.

  • Even a godless king resourced Nehemiah’s vision because his burden was so great.
  • If there is a LACK of resource to back your vision, tell the burden better.

2) Vision requires a team.

  • Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. - Nehemiah 2:18

3) Vision will face ridicule and opposition.

  • Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. - Nehemiah 4:1
  • Pastors have to learn how to live life OPPOSED without becoming a victim.

4) Vision requires more effort at the halfway point.

  • So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. At that time the Jews who lived near them came from all directions and said to us ten times, “You must return to us.” - Nehemiah 4:6, 8, 1
  • The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. - Ecclesiastes 7:8

5) ision requires multitasking skills.

  • Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other. - Nehemiah 4:17

6) Vision requires an awareness of your weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

  • Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” - Nehemiah 4:19-20
  • Our greatest strength is an awareness of our weaknesses.

7) Vision requires no compromise.

  • Nehemiah 5

8) Vision requires a refusal to be distracted.

  • When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. - Nehemiah 6:1-4
  • Don’t give your enemy attention!

9) Vision requires attention to detail.

  • The whole company numbered 42,360, besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. - Nehemiah 7:66
  • Visionaries can pay attention to the details.

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9 Quotes from Jack Graham at C3 Conference

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas.

C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

Follow along as we share quotes and notes from each main session!

The following is a recap of Dr. Jack Graham from session #3 at C3.

  • You stay in the ministry because you are called. It’s not easy to stay in the ministry.

  • You will find out if you’re humble or not based on how you act when people treat you like a servant.

  • It’s impossible to be effective in your ministry without tears. You need a brokenness before the Lord and for the people He died to save.

  • If you haven’t experienced brokenness you probably aren’t very effective in the ministry. How can you comfort those whose lives are hanging by a thread if you’ve never been there?

  • If you don’t want to be criticized, say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.

  • Sometimes what is trendy turns out to be a tangent and not the truth. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, is the Truth and is unchanging.

  • The way you stay in ministry is you just keep showing up in the power of the Holy Spirit, not your power.

  • You don’t achieve ministry from God, you receive ministry from God.

  • I pray those of you who are just starting in the ministry finish in ministry. Don’t become a statistic. Take care of yourself. Keep your head in the Book, your knees on the floor in prayer, and your eyes on The Lord.

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26 Quotes from Ed Young at C3 Conference - Part 2

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas.

C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

Follow along as we share quotes and notes from each main session!

The following is a recap of Pastor Ed Young’s second session at C3:

How to have a hard conversation or hard staff meeting.

  • Sometimes we put off hard conversations or meetings under the guise of showing others grace.

  • It’s better to have hard conversations quickly and succinctly.

  • As a Senior Pastor, I have the lion’s share of hard conversations on our team, and I do them publicly.

  • How did hard conversations happen in sports? In a group.

  • Years ago, I’d been putting off a hard conversation I needed to have with a group of people, and in one meeting I had to fire 27 people.

3 Points on how to have hard conversations:

  1. Don’t put off hard conversations.

  2. Ask hard questions.

    • Ask, “What are you doing?”

      • Some pastors forget WHAT they are supposed to be doing.

    • Ask, “Who are you reaching?”

      • Are you stealing people from other churches? Or are you really reaching new people?

    • Ask team members, “Who are YOU inviting to church, personally?”

      • Numbers come and go, but when I stop hearing stories of our staff members inviting and engaging others, that’s bad.

    • Ask yourself, “Who are you letting go?”

      • What staff or volunteers are keeping you from going to another level or reaching more people?

      • You need to have “What IFers?” and “What ISers” on your team.

      • What IFers are visionary thinkers who can cast vision.

        • Vision should always trump everything.

        • What ISers are thinkers who help make the vision a reality. 

      • 95% of my time in meetings is accomplished in ONE meeting.

      • Lower your number of meetings.

3. Create a climate of critique.

  • Critique is not criticism.
  • Critique things in a public

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12 Quotes from Ed Young at C3 Conference

This week, the INJOY Stewardship team will be live blogging content from the Creative Church Conference in Dallas, Texas.

C3 Conference is hosted by Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church and is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world. C3 is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to our churches and hope to our communities.

Follow along as we share quotes and notes from each main session! 

The following is a recap of Pastor Ed Young’s Opening session at C3:

  • “Pastors don’t talk about the fact that people leave their churches.”

  • “We want to bring out the raw and the real parts of life and ministry.”

  • “We want to talk about the beautiful but also the brutal side of church.”

  • “Just because you walk into this place doesn’t mean you can imitate everything we do. You can take things from here and apply it, but you must recognize the different contexts we operate in.”

  • “However, no matter the style or size of church you or I lead we can learn from one another.”

  • “People in the church world are leashed up to unforgiveness. Who has hurt you that you are you dragging through your life and causing collateral damage to others because of unforgiveness?”

  • “If we aren’t careful, unforgiveness can mess us up. It can cause us to miss the freedom and joy God wants us to experience in our lives.”

  • “We often forgive others intellectually but not in reality from the heart.”

  • “When I operate and live in unforgiveness I’m giving control to those I’ve been hurt by, rather than agreeing with who The Lord says I am.”

  • “You have to most often forgive those you love, those over you, and your ‘competitors’.”

  • “Jesus has chased us down, called us by name, and unleashed us from the unforgiveness we carry around.”

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How much of your church budget should go towards staffing?

Did you know that churches in the United States spend an average of 50% of their annual budget on church staffing?

That’s what our friends at The Unstuck Group discovered in a recent study on church trends.

Maybe that’s a healthy percentage for your church, perhaps not, but no matter what season your church finds itself in - growth, plateauing, or decline - your leadership team is having conversations about how much to pay staff.

Since this such a felt-need for all church leaders, we wanted to help you answer the question, “How much of our budget should go towards staffing?”

On February 15th at 2:00pm EST, our President and CEO, Joseph Sangl, will be hosting a live webinar with Tony Morgan of The Unstuck Group to discuss the ever-present issue of budgeting for church staff.

During this time, Joe and Tony will be discussing:

  • How much of a church’s budget should go towards staffing?

  • What is a healthy ratio and why?

  • Why do some churches get out of balance regarding the staff budget ratio and how does this impact the ministry?

  • What are the hard choices leaders must make to get a healthier staff budget ratio?

  • How do you know which staff positions should be replaced by volunteers?

These are just a few of the questions that will drive our conversation with Tony. If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you need to join in on the conversation.

We’ll spend the first 30 minutes answering the above questions and then we’ll be dedicating the last 15 minutes to answering your questions regarding this topic.

This event is completely free. You just have to sign up! So, if you have questions regarding this topic, make sure you attend because we're going to be sharing incredibly helpful content. You don't want to miss it!

You can register for the event by clicking the button below.

Capital Campaign University Recap - Day 2

Today, our team hosted the second day of Capital Campaign University at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Around 20 church leaders from across the United States and Canada are joining us for this two-day conference as we teach them how to implement the INJOY Stewardship campaign process in their unique church environment.

CCU is divided into eight main sessions over two days - four sessions focusing on each of the steps in the four-step spiritual journey process, and four sessions focused on collaboration and practical application of each step.

Each of the main sessions were taught by our President and CEO, Joseph Sangl, and Executive Director of Consulting, Chad Aukland.

We wanted to provide you with a brief overview of each of the sessions, so if you’d like to get more familiar with our process, read the recap of Day 2 below!

Session 3 - “Going Public” - Chad Aukland

  • The goal of Going Public is to cast the vision to the entire congregation and invite them into a spiritual journey of sacrifice.

  • The capital campaign should be revealed to your entire congregation through a message/sermon series focused on the vision of the capital campaign.

  • The goal of the campaign message series should be to communicate the vision with the entire church and move them to the point of spiritual and financial commitment.

  • The message series should communicate attributes of biblical stewardship while simultaneously painting a picture of the vision and project.

  • A good Public Launch will bring exposure and clear communication of the campaign to your entire audience and help ensure MAXIMUM participation.

  • Call people to equal SACRIFICE – not equal gifts.

Session 4 - “FollowTHRU” - Joe Sangl

  • The overall commitment event is not the finish line, it is the STARTING line.

  • The proof of a capital stewardship campaign’s success is what has been received during the GIVING phase.

  • Followthru helps keep the vision alive and hearts attached to God’s future for the ministry.

  • Followthru is vitally important because it establishes TRUST in leadership!

  • Without effective Followthru, a church can typically expect to receive only about 75% of the pledged funds.

  • Changes and milestones during the giving phase require careful FollowTHRU to navigate the DECISIONS and COMMUNICATIONS of the campaign to keep it on course.

We have had an absolute blast serving church leaders over the past two days. If your church is interested in attending CCU in the future or you have questions about any steps of our campaign process, please let us know! Our team stands ready to serve you and your church in whatever stewardship needs your church is facing.

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