8 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slump and Increase Your Stewardship – Part 1 of 3

Summer is fast approaching, and you have two options in your approach: plan in the summer or beg in the fall. The prevailing myth is that you can’t avoid the so-called “summer slump.”

I want to challenge you to be careful about buying into those average ways of thinking. You CAN flatten that summer dip – and make sure it’s a minor one instead of a drastic dropoff.

Here are 8 ways to avoid the dip – and increase your stewardship:

    1. Prepare now for the summer slump
      Don’t wait. Don’t put off planning until July, when you see your giving has dropped. Don’t wait until the middle of vacation season. Prepare as early in the year as possible.

      Start measuring. Track your giving and look for trends so you can plan for those decreases – and what you need to do to offset them.

    2. Remind your people about giving over the summer
      Challenge them to automate their giving. Acknowledge that they may be traveling, but even if they miss services, they can stay strong in this spiritual discipline. If just 10% of them do it, it turns a drastic dropoff in giving into a small dip.

      – Remind them of the impact. Your people may not think about how when they’re not attending, they’re not giving. Let them know what their giving supports and how it makes a difference.

    3. Beware of gimmicks. They only work once. Avoid promises to change your giving overnight. Instead look for proven, Biblical practices in how you approach stewardship.

Tune in next week when I share the next three ways that you can avoid the summer slowdown.

Your partner in ministry,


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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