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The Northeast got hit with a HUGE snowstorm over the weekend. Some places got over three feet of snow.
For churches that are not able to meet on the weekend, that means a week without an offering.
And if your church is close on it’s budget… this can be a HUGE deal.
Is there something you can do about it?
Mark Brooks shares some thoughts:
Is there anything you can do? Yes! The following are some key ideas you can do right now to make up the loss of a cancelled service. I recommend the following…
Make the “ask” about maintaining ministry. Don’t sound desperate. Remember, guilt never works in the long run. I would be saying something like, “The snow may have stopped our services but missions and ministry continues on here at Our Church. This week we are continue our planning for (list some ministry initiative) that is why your faithful gift now means so much.”
Respond to the immediate need now but plan for the future. If you are a church in the Northeast you are simply trying to get past this crisis. However, if I had a church in the Snow Belt I would have in place a set strategy for snow weekends. It is not IF they will happen but WHEN. So, have in place the basics you need.
Here is my must have list of action items to prepare for the next blizzard…
Just wondering. If you’re in a part of the country that suffers from having to cancel services… how big of a burden does it put on your church’s cash flow and budgeting? Do you usually make up the shortfall, or is it usually a longer-term hit?
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