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

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

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?

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

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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Can You Afford Not to Give?

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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Zacchaeus’ Financial Decision

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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Four Emerging Trends in Giving

In my role as a Ministry Strategist, I have the opportunity to visit churches of many shapes, sizes, and denominations. I have observed four consistent trends recently that I share with you here: 1.     Offering plates have very little, if anything, in them. That’s...

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Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?

How do you know if you are ready to launch a capital campaign?  

 

Kristine Miller, CFRE, Horizons’ Senior Partner, discusses the five important steps you should take prior to launching a capital campaign to ensure successful results.

 

In this latest video from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Kristine discusses five actions to take prior to launching a campaign for any project such as building, restoration, debt, missions, endowment, or any other capital needs. Has your church leadership wondered whether or not you’re ready to go? If so, this brief video will provide the insights and answers you are looking for.

 

If you missed other installments of the Giving Intelligence Series, click the titles below. Also, sign up for Giving365 in order to access these and other helpful videos as well as more free stewardship resources including insightful eBooks!

Three Reasons Americans Choose to Give

The Power of Thanks: Four Practical Ministry Funding Impact Strategies

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records

Three Pockets of Giving

 

To access more of Horizons’ free stewardship resources, click the Giving365 logo below.
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A Story of Faith and Transformation You Need to Know

In 2016, St. Andrew, Plano, Texas, faced a significant challenge. Located in Collin County, Texas, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, St. Andrew was experiencing growth, especially in their contemporary worship service. As a result, several other areas including children and youth, missions, hospitality, and parking were all being stretched beyond capacity to accommodate growth.

St. Andrew’s Growth Paralleled a Focus on Generosity in Their Core Church Language

However, St. Andrew’s leaders had been preparing for growth through the development of their 30-year master expansion plan. The plan focused on four aspects of church life: worship, connect, serve, and give. As growing pains became more intense, church leaders realized it was time to launch a capital campaign. The funds raised would relieve the pressure by beginning to expand critical ministry areas according to the master plan.

Four key aspects of church life at St. Andrew: Worship, Connect, Serve, and Give

 

The Church’s Capital Campaign Facilitated its Larger Generosity Strategy

St. Andrew’s Senior Pastor, Robert Hasley, explained, “We hired Horizons to guide us in determining what to include in the first phase of our capital campaign. Through conversations with our ministry and financial leaders, our committed core of members, and ultimately, the entire congregation, we embarked on an ambitious plan. The result is a worship space that switches from a traditional to a contemporary style with almost the touch of a button.

We now have a worship space that switches from a traditional to a contemporary style with almost the touch of a button.

-Senior Pastor Robert Hasley

This change has enabled us to reset quickly while accommodating both traditional and contemporary worship styles. We also created new and improved areas for students,  children, hospitality, and parking. One of the more significant changes was the addition of a dedicated missions wing for The Storehouse of Collin County–an agency birthed in our church that provides services for Collin County residents in need.”

A Successful Capital Campaign Paid Additional Dividends

In the end, St. Andrew exceeded giving expectations in the capital campaign and moved forward with their plans. In addition, the positivity emerging from the capital campaign created a vibrancy and energy that has impacted ministry in all areas. Rev. Hasley says, “Like our namesake, Andrew the Apostle, we’re a community that loves to invite others to Jesus. As we live out our calling to worship, connect, serve and give, we’re witnessing God move through our community in remarkable ways.”

St. Andrew exceeded giving expectations and moved forward with their expansion plans.

St. Andrew’s journey is far from over. God continues to call the congregation to live out their mission, “Calling the “Christian-ish” to become passionate servants of Christ.”

For more information on the ministry at St. Andrew, Plano, Texas, click here.

To learn more about partnering with Horizons to move your congregation to the next level of generosity, click here.

The Three Pockets of Giving

Are you inviting your members to contribute from all three pockets of giving?

Many churches focus on the annual pocket and neglect to consider the other two–capital and estate pockets. In this next video in the Giving Intelligence Series, learn about the three pockets of giving and why you should be including all three in your year-round generosity program.

 

 

Did you miss the first three installments of the Giving Intelligence Series?  Click the titles below to quickly access them or sign up for Giving365 and access these videos along with many other free stewardship resources.

Three Reasons Americans Choose to Give

The Power of Thanks: Four Practical Ministry Funding Impact Strategies

Who Should Have Access to the Giving Records

 

To access more of Horizons’ free stewardship resources, click the Giving365 logo below.
Giving365 - Blog - Horizons - church stewardship resource

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