Nathan Ealy

Nathan has been effectively serving churches as a generosity strategist since 2010.  His expertise includes capital campaigns, church stewardship analysis (Stewardship Discovery) and generosity coaching.  Nathan’s clients include churches as small as 250 and as large as 2500 and include most major denominations.

His work has been highly influenced by growing up as a “preacher’s kid” and then observing his father as he moved into church generosity consulting.  His passion for stewardship was first taught by his parents and then matured in his own faith journey.  His greatest joy is found when persons share how their participation in a generosity campaign proved to be a life changing spiritual experience.

Nathan is a graduate of Auburn University where he earned a BA in Mass Communications and played Soccer.  After graduation, Nathan served as a producer and broadcaster for IMG College at Auburn University and Georgia Tech and with the Tennessee Titans Radio Network. Nathan uses his education and experience with cutting edge media to effectively communicate with audiences of varying ages, demographics and perspectives. Nathan is also a commissioned member of the Chuck Colson Center Fellows Program.

Nathan lives in Centre, Alabama, with his wife and two daughters.  When you do not find him with his family or serving in a church, you are likely to find Nathan at a sporting event or on the golf course.

How Healthy is Your Church? Three Easy Ways to Check

How Healthy is Your Church? Three Easy Ways to Check

Just as a doctor looks at presenting symptoms to diagnose problems with the body, a pastor can look at a set of symptoms to diagnose problems with the spirit. Identifying these problems can help pastors and church leaders take steps to create a healthy church. I have...

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Four Ways Church Staff Can Encourage Generosity

Four Ways Church Staff Can Encourage Generosity

Recently, I was in a meeting with several church administrative assistants that were so far out of my league I decided to write a blog about them. Those sitting with me probably thought I was taking incredibly detailed notes about the local sales and use taxes, but I...

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Are you Showing Impact to Your Givers?

Are you Showing Impact to Your Givers?

I was having a conversation with a friend recently about her family’s giving. For some background she and her husband are in their mid 30’s, her husband does well in a business that he owns, and they have two small children. One of her good friends from high school...

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The Gospel Message and Money

The Gospel Message and Money

It’s 2016, but I still receive push back from church leaders about offering electronic giving to their members. There are always reasons for the pushback and often there is internal struggle in the church between groups who want to utilize it and those who don’t. And...

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Can You Afford Not to Give?

Can You Afford Not to Give?

In my consulting work, I have often met pastors who would prefer to separate themselves from anything that has to do with money. Either they have a skewed view of money as it relates to the gospel, or they are afraid to get in trouble with members by addressing the...

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Zacchaeus’ Financial Decision

Zacchaeus’ Financial Decision

I recently read an article by someone I admire called, “Can Your People Afford to Give?” The article went in depth on how many people are in debt, don’t have much saved, or are stressed about their financial situation. The statistics are clear that many people in this...

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Four Emerging Trends in Giving

Four Emerging Trends in Giving

Remember the story of Zacchaeus? Of course you do, and you remember the song that goes with it too. Our church has been going through a series on evangelism, and recently the message was on this story. So to paraphrase, Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and like many...

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Why Shifting Your Fiscal Year is a Next Level Generosity Best Practice

Shifting Your Fiscal Year

By shifting their fiscal year away from the traditional calendar, an estimated 40% of vital churches have become better equipped to manage ministry funding. In most churches, up to a third of yearly income is received in December.  In the next offering from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Managing Partner, Joe Park describes why moving to a non-traditional fiscal calendar should be one of your church’s best practices.

 

 

To find out more about Joe Park, click here.

 

Horizons’ Next Level Generosity (NLG) is a framework that enables church leaders to align people and resources to do more ministry. We’re not talking about a capital campaign, but a shift in culture that multiplies a church’s capacity to change lives and make a lasting impact on its community.  Churches that use NLG are reporting double-digit increases in year-over-year giving. To arrange a free 20-minute consultation to explore if NLG is right for you church visit nextlevelgenerosity.com or contact us at info@horizons.net

 

Did you miss the first installments in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series? Find them in our free Giving365 vault by clicking on the Giving365 logo below.

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Three Prescriptions for Curing a Scarcity Mindset

Do you hear things like, “Money is tight! We need to tighten our belts?” Or “People are giving all they can. We can’t ask them to do more?”

 

If the answer is yes, then your church may be afflicted with a scarcity mindset.

 

In this video, Kristine Miller, CFRE, Partner and SVP at Horizons, will discuss ways to overcome a scarcity mindset and the fear and hesitancy created by a glass-is-half-empty attitude. Also, you will learn how to build a culture that celebrates God’s abounding blessings and grows generous hearts.

 

In this next video in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series will help your church giving and move to the next level of generosity.

 

 

Horizons’ Next Level Generosity (NLG) framework can help you create and carry out your Generosity Battle Plan. Beginning with a comprehensive 360-degree analysis, your Horizons Ministry Strategist will create a clear and effective strategy for shifting your generosity culture. The result is more money for ministry and authentic life-change for your congregation. To arrange a free 20-minute consultation, contact info@horizons.net

 

Did you miss the first installments in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series? Find them in our free Giving365 vault by clicking on the Giving365 logo below.

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To find out more about Kristine Miller, click here.

 

What Church Leaders Need to Know About New Giving Trends

Ten years ago, in Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, I voiced my concern that giving to religion, as a share of overall giving, had fallen significantly over the last several decades and was half of what it once was. At the time, the giving trends indicated that if we did not change the way we do overall stewardship in the church, the decline in giving would continue. Well, now it has happened!

 

For the first time ever, giving to religion as a percent of overall charitable donations has dropped below 30%.

 

For 2018, Giving USA reports gifts to religious organizations are down 1.5% to just 29% of total charitable giving. Total giving to charity rose to 427 billion dollars, but this came more from foundations and corporations and not from individuals–the church’s primary revenue source. On average, Americans gave away only 1.9% of their disposable income.

These giving trends are as alarming to me today as they were back in 2008 when I first rang the bell of concern. Financial resources are not our mission, but they are the fuel that propels the mission.

 

Without money, there can be no mission and no ministry in these days when the faith is struggling around the world.

 

What caused the latest decline? Some will blame the last tax law changes that significantly increased the standard deduction and thus reduced the number of people who itemize. Others will say that it just reflects that fewer people are in church and the world is more secular. I do not buy into the theory that the causes are all external and thus any solution must be external. I still hold to the conviction that the solution is within the church to save the church, but we have avoided the hard work necessary to make the cultural adjustment to get it done. In the strongest possible way, I am encouraging you to re-examine how you are teaching and preaching financial stewardship. How are you moving your church away from the stewardship methods of the 20th century and responding to a new 21st century culture?

 

How will you respond to the latest giving trends?

 

You do not need the new 2019 annual campaign in a box. You may not even need a capital campaign. What you do need is a systematic long-term culture shift that creates not just funds for the budget but generous hearts and minds. As I shared in my latest book God vs. Money, you need a Battle Plan.

Right now, many of you are thinking about what you are going to do for a fall stewardship emphasis. That is fine, but that is not going to fix the problem. Let me encourage you to form your fall campaign committee and put them to work if you must, but at the same time form another group that will go to work on a Battle Plan for generosity to change your whole church. If you are brave enough, go ahead and start to execute the plan ASAP and just skip the old approach. Why would you think just doing the same old thing will produce a different result? You may not be able to change America’s giving to religion, but you sure can do something to change your congregation to be generous followers of Christ.

 

Horizons’ Next Level Generosity (NLG) framework can help you create and carry out your Generosity Battle Plan. Beginning with a comprehensive 360-degree analysis, your Horizons Ministry Strategist will create a clear and effective strategy for shifting your generosity culture. The result is more money for ministry and authentic life-change for your congregation. To arrange a free 20-minute consultation, contact info@horizons.net

 

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