Annual Giving Statements: Surprise and delight your givers this year with an excellent annual giving statement strategy.

The Annual Giving Statement should not be just an administrative task, it is an opportunity to normalize the giving conversation in your church. You can do this by celebrating, building trust and casting vision through an excellent annual giving strategy.

  • Sample Annual & Impact Reports
  • Best Practice Mailing Techniques
  • Sample Cover Letters
  • Pre-Statement & Announcement Video Ideas


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August 16, 2017, 2:30 PM (CST)

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Uncomfortable Conversations

“Twenty years of research involving more than 100,000 people reveals that the key skill of effective leaders, teammates, parents and loved ones is the capacity to skillfully address emotionally and politically risky issues. Period.”  From the book Crucial Conversations

What we will cover …

  • Why uncomfortable conversations are so difficult for pastors
  • How to know when to initiate an uncomfortable conversation
  • Practical steps on how to successfully have an uncomfortable conversation
  • A litmus test of your leadership…. your willingness to invite an uncomfortable conversation

Lance is the founder of a ministry called REPLENISH ( Replenish has been around for 10 years and is dedicated to helping people live and lead from a healthy soul.

Along with speaking, consulting and training, Lance does Life Plans, individual coaching, and staff training and development. Lance has also authored a book entitled Replenish. His newest book High Impact Teams … Where Healthy Meets High Performance will release in 2018.

Lance served 20 years as a senior pastor before serving 7 years as an Executive/Teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He led Saddleback’s Spiritual Growth Campaigns, such as 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community.

Lance has been married to his wife Connie for 39 years and they have two married children and four beautiful grand daughters.

Please note this month’s PRC is a different day of the week (Wednesday) and time (2:30 PM).

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PRC with Mike Pate

Bill Nicoson —  July 20, 2017 — Leave a comment

Is Your Church Board a Chore or a Labor of Love?

– What is the role of the board/leadership team?
– What should the board be focusing on?
– How can we recruit great board members?
– How do we eliminate unhealthy communication and triangulation in our church?
– How can I create board meetings that are engaging and meaningful?

Mike Pate will share on these topics and take your board related questions. Mike serves as presenter and coach for the Murdock Trust Board Leadership and Development Program. This program gives nonprofit Christian organizations the insight, tools and templates for building board and staff capacity and creating a sustainable future.

Mike is the Executive Director of Camping for Transformation Ministries (TM), a national association of more than 170 churches. He leads three camps and two outdoor education LLC’s that operate in four states. TM camps impact tens of thousands of people of all ages every year and under Mike’s leadership, the camps have doubled in impact, size and revenue in the past 10 years.  They have a combined staff of over 150 full time and seasonal employees.

Mike lives in the mountains of Southern California, with his wife, Shell. They have four children and two grandsons.

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2017 America: How Did We Get Here (and what can be done about it)?

Why is same-sex marriage the law of the land? Why is euthanasia available to one in five Americans? Why is religious liberty more challenged than ever before? Why has our culture gotten to where it is today? There are reasons why we think the way we do. Americans are influenced by three cultural metanarratives. When we understand them, we are better able to understand where our society is and where we’re going. And we’ll discover practical ways to engage our fallen culture with the transforming truth of Scripture.

Jim Denison bridges faith and culture by engaging contemporary with biblical truth. He co-founded the Denison Forum in February 2009. Since that time, he has spoken to over 100,000 people on five continents. He is the author of eight books, including his most recent, The State of Our Nation: 7 Critical Issues. Dr. Denison also serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, Senior Fellow as well as with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative in Washington D.C. He writes a daily article available at His free column is distributed to more than 110,000 subscribers in 203 countries.

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PRC with Kevin Navarro

Bill Nicoson —  May 24, 2017

Wasting time with God: Why Christ-Centered Worship Matters

How do you contend with people who are never happy with the worship experience? Do you feel like you have to be a “people pleaser” concerning worship? What are some helpful steps in creating a Christ-centered worship experience? Is there a difference between “Christians worshipping” and “Christian worship”? Does the church calendar, pastoral prayer, reciting creeds, etc., have a place in today’s worship? What expressions of faith are relevant in today’s worship? What is the purpose and place of worship in the church today? Are you still doing worship that feels like you’re in the 1950’s? Is that wrong?

Kevin J. Navarro serves with CRM Empowering Leaders and their Spiritual Formation Community, Imago Christi. He is the author of The Complete Worship Leader (Baker Books, 2001) and The Complete Worship Service (Baker Books, 2005). He served as the senior pastor of Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Centennial, Colorado for fourteen years and on the staff of Bethany for 23 years. He and his family make their home in Centennial Colorado.

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PRC with Hugh Halter

Bill Nicoson —  April 21, 2017

How To Help Your People Be On Mission Without Splitting Your Church In The Process

Hugh says that many people have asked, “Hugh, what is the one key to turning a typical small group into a true missionary community?” Another asks, “Hugh, how did all those people find faith…really how did it actually happen?” Another asks, “How do you disciple people to live more human lives like Jesus?” Hugh’s answer is always the same. “You have to teach and disciple people in how to throw a good party. It’s where everything starts.” It’s where we learn to listen instead of judge. Where we become advocates instead of adversaries and where people cease to be targets or projects because they are our friends. Remember, when teaching about the gospel of the kingdom, our living metaphors are that of a wedding feast, a banquet, and a supper. It’s time to include this in our own spiritual formation.

Hugh Halter moved from Denver in 2016 to Alton IL, with his wife Cheryl and three grown children to participate in a brand new missional living adventure which is allowing them to live out the incarnational ministry values they hold deeply. He speaks extensively across the country encouraging and equipping pastors in incarnational ministry and missional leadership. For more information about Hugh and his organization go to

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