8 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slump and Increase Your Stewardship – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s first part of this blog series, we started a conversation about the dreaded “summer slump” and the myth that it can’t be avoided.

I’m challenging you to be careful about buying into those average ways of thinking. I shared the first 3 ways in which you CAN flatten that summer dip – and make sure it’s a minor one instead of a drastic dropoff.

Here are the next 4 ways to avoid the summer slump and increase your stewardship:

    1. Provide multiple ways for people to give
      Offer giving options outside of the Sunday service:
      a.)  Online giving. They can do this even when they’re away.
      b.)  Automated giving. They don’t have to worry about missing a week. This encourages greater discipleship. About 40% of offerings at The Journey in NYC come through automated giving.

      Update your offering envelope. Make sure it gives them options to sign up for automated giving.

    2. Preach on giving
      The biggest felt need during the summer is breaking free from debt. The Journey does “debt-free Sundays” in the middle of summer and even helps someone pay down their debt.

      You’re helping your people. Allow God to bless their finances by preaching on what God says about money in the Bible. Don’t feel like you’re begging when you talk about giving. You’re telling them about God-blessing opportunities.

    3. Maximize those mid-year giving statements.
      Send multiple statements. Do this at least quarterly, including one during the summer. At The Journey, our statement summarizes January 1 – June 30 and is sent in the middle of July. This reminds them of how they’re doing at a critical time. They only work once. Avoid promises to change your giving overnight. Instead look for proven, Biblical practices in how you approach stewardship.- Include a personal letter. Share improvements and successes, and explain how their giving has made a difference.- Other ideas for enclosures: An offering envelope that also tells them how to automate, and lists the website address. Include a “bulky mail” item like a mini-flashlight or tin of mints, something that will make them want to open it. We even included a plastic piggy bank once! On the outside of the envelopes, use red letters that say something like “Important – Financial Documents Inside.”

Join me next week when I share the final two ways that you can avoid the summer downturn.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

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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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