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

Summer piggy bank with sunglasses on the beachSummer 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.” But I challenge you today – be careful about buying into those average ways of thinking. You CAN flatten that summer dip – and make sure it’s a minor dip instead of a drastic drop-off.

1. Prepare now for the “Summer Slump”. 

  • Don’t Wait. Start now – don’t put off planning until middle of July when you see your giving has dipped. Don’t wait until 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 dips – and what you need to do to offset them. Track your giving and look for trends so you can plan for those dips – 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 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 drop-off in giving into a small dip.
  • Remind them of the impact. Your people are not thinking about this – about how when they are not attending, they are 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.

4. Give your people multiple ways to give. 

  • Offer giving options outside of the Sunday service: 
    • Online Giving – They can do this even when they are away
    • Automated Giving – They don’t have to worry about missing a week – encourages greater discipleship .
  • Update your offering envelope. Make sure it gives them options right there to sign up for automated giving.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 and the rest of the 8 tactics you can use to avoid the summer slump!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

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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.

Nelson SearcyChurch Growth, Church Systems, Stewardship

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