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Resilient Leadership Update #11

I continue to hear from many churches who are successfully funding ministry during social distancing by taking a more intentional approach to online recurring giving. I want to share with you a success story in an 11-minute interview between Horizons SVP Don Smith, and Pastor Jacob Armstrong from Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
Pastor Jacob shared a video (watch this three-minute video first) several weeks ago preparing his church for giving during social distancing. In the video, he provides an overview of the church's ongoing ministry, demonstrates how to use online giving, and invites viewers to choose to make their online giving automatically recurring. The result was an immediate increase in recurring giving from 40% of total giving to 56%. Pastor Jacob believes recurring giving is a major factor in the church seeing increased giving over last year despite the Coronavirus outbreak.
Pastors, as you prepare for your online worship offering talks this Sunday, keep in mind that while many in your churches are experiencing financial hardships due to the Coronavirus, most have been fortunate enough not to see their household incomes drop. In your offering talk, invite those whose stimulus checks are a financial windfall to consider donating them to help fund specific ministries in your church for those who are suffering. As part of your talk, be sure to have first shared a story of someone whose life has been positively impacted by your church's ministry. 
With so many churches having received Paycheck Protection Program Loans and with more funding for this program in the works, it is critical that churches prepare to adhere to a strict set of guidelines in order to have all or part of this loan forgiven. 
To help churches prepare for compliance with these requirements, we have scheduled a must-attend webinar with Stan Reiff, a CPA, Consulting Practice Lead, and Partner with CapinCrouse, the largest audit firm in the country that exclusively serves churches and faith-based nonprofit clients. Stan will share best practices related to the administration of PPP funds as well as strategies to maximize loan forgiveness.
Join Us for a Special Webinar with Expert Stan Reiff from CapinCrouse this Friday, April 24: Strategies to Maximize PPP Loan Forgiveness
This webinar already has more than 1,500 registered. All who register will be able to download a recording of the webinar. Participation is limited to 3,000, so don’t delay in securing your registration today.
Last, don’t forget to visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for relevant links to help guide you through this unique season of ministry.
Stay healthy and keep leading strong!


Joe Park

P.S. Horizons is working around the clock to support you during the Coronavirus outbreak and during this time of social distancing. To stay up to date and have access to the latest resources, sign up for a FREE Giving 365 account. When you do that, you’ll be the first to know when new ideas, strategies, and resources are available to help you lead strong.

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Our mission is to help churches make disciples and fund ministry. If you need coaching on how to increase ministry funding, we stand ready to help. Click here to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a Horizons Ministry Strategist about what this could look like in your church.   
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New! FREE Webinars

Friday, April 24, 10am CDT

How to Use SBA/PPP Loan Funds and Forgiveness Strategies
Now that you've received your PPP loan funds, you need to begin thinking about best practices related to the use of those funds to ensure you are maximizing strategies that will enable you to request and receive loan forgiveness. Stan Reiff, Consulting Practice Lead and Partner at CapinCrouse, the country's largest audit firm for churches and faith-based nonprofits, will offer practical ideas about how to account for the PPP loan funds, what kind of documentation you need to keep, why you need to employ the help of a professional CPA, and what you can expect related to the process surrounding loan forgiveness.

If you wait to implement best practices, you could end up having to pay back the entire loan amount instead of benefiting from loan forgiveness.
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Thursday, May 14, 10am CDT

Seven Shifts That Will Define a New Normal for Local Church Ministry
Tony Morgan (, a nationally recognized author, speaker, consultant, and founder of The Unstuck Group (, talks with Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship, about seven practical shifts church leaders need to consider as our culture moves beyond the Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing.
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Don’t worry if you can’t attend!
Every person who registers will get a recording of the webinar.

Note: If your judicatory, church association, or foundation would like to explore scheduling a private webinar dedicated to the specific needs of your churches, feel free to contact Joe Park at

Previous Webinars

The following recorded webinars are available for download in our free on-demand resource library, Giving365. Click here to sign up or sign in. They can be found under the tab "Leading Through Coronavirus Outbreak and Social Distancing Resources and Webinars" under "Webinars."
  • Optimizing Your Church's Website for Recurring Giving
  • Church Internal Financial Controls During Social Distancing
  • How to Fully Fund Ministry During Social Distancing
  • Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More than Ever
  • Communicating with Ministry and Financial Leaders During Social Distancing
  • How to Deliver Offering Talks Through Live Streaming
  • Preparing My Church for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan

NEW! Interview with Jeff Watson

Earlier this week Joe Park sat down with Jeff Watson, a licensed attorney with years of experience in government-backed loans and the legislative process, to ask exactly this question. Watch the entire interview.
Jeff’s advice for churches, non-profits, and their 1099 employees is this: Continue to aggressively pursue the loan application process with your lenders so that your application is ready for submission when additional funds are approved. Jeff also discussed the difficulties some churches had in getting their loans approved and what they can do to increase their chances of approval if new funding is approved.

IMPORTANT! How to Optimize Your Church's Donation Page for Online Giving

Social distancing has highlighted the need for churches to revisit their approach to online and recurring giving. The correlation between high levels of recurring electronic giving and well-funded ministries has never been more clear. Unfortunately, most churches don’t realize their donation pages may be undermining their efforts to encourage online giving. Choosing the most effective design and format options can significantly impact your church’s ability to attract online gifts.
Joe Park and Richard Rogers, author of The E-Giving Guide For Every Church, outline eight practical ways to ensure your church is removing the friction to online and recurring giving opportunities during this time of social distancing.

NEW! Ministry Insights from Around the Web

We want to highlight ideas and information to resource and equip you to minister and meet the needs of your community while your church isn’t gathering for your normal weekend experience.  

For a complete list of curated links to the latest resources, click here.

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