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

With summer just around the corner, I want to challenge you NOT to buy into the average way of thinking that you can’t avoid the summer slump.

You CAN flatten the summer dip and increase your stewardship using 8 practices we’ve developed at The Journey.

In this current blog series we’ve covered the first six ways to avoid the slump. Here are the remaining two:

    1. Work the stewardship system
      Don’t get slack during the summer. Make sure you’re doing follow-up. Send out those giving statements.

      Evaluate how the system is working for you – take measurements.

    2. Be sure that YOU’RE on track with your summer giving.
      Set a spiritual model. If the leaders aren’t giving, the church won’t. If we’re behind in giving, the first thing I check is my own giving, then the staff’s giving.

      Hold yourself and your leaders accountable. Have an agreement in place in advance with all your staff to tithe. If someone falls behind, address the issue to make any necessary corrections, while giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Don’t just glide through this summer to have to beg this fall. Using the 8 tips I’ve shared with you over the last three weeks, you can avoid the summer dip, encourage giving, and even grow this summer.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

Click here for Part 2 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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