Don’t Emulate These Church Fundraising Strategies This Easter Weekend (Or Any Weekend)

As we get ready to make a big deal out of worship this Easter weekend, let me commend to you Bruce Reyes-Chow’s piece, Why Churches Should Stop Making a Big Deal Out of Easter Worship:

The problem I have is that we too often put on a “show” for visitors rather than invite them to experience the community that is the church. How powerful would it be to have an Easter worship service that is inspiring, energetic, moving and transformative and be able to say, “If you have experienced something profound today, do come back, because this is what is like every Sunday here at …”

You see, by creating these “productions,” especially around Easter, most churches only perpetuate the practice of coming to church only on special days because we have, in fact, said that this day is more worthy than any others.

You could build a discipleship strategy on that thought, you know.

Whether you choose to make a big deal out of worship this Easter weekend or not, here are two church fundraising strategies to definitely avoid on this and every other weekend:

So what’s the alternative to calling your members devils and demons or giving them money for showing up?

To remember this:

Easter is more than just a day to be commemorated with our finest clothes and a trip to the local church for a special service. It is the starting line for discipleship.  In the early church, Easter marked the day new believers were baptized and set apart for a life of structured, methodical discipleship intended to lead to fullness in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Happy Easter, dear reader.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is also the International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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