Leadership

How the Church Can Respond to Trump Winning the 2016 US Presidential Election

10 Pastors and Leaders Share Their Thoughts

Leadership

How the Church Can Respond to Trump Winning the 2016 US Presidential Election

10 Pastors and Leaders Share Their Thoughts

Whether you supported him or not, the election is over and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America.

We can debate the process and the winner or loser all day long, but the most important thing to remember is that the world will be looking at how Christians react. God will hold us all accountable for our actions.

The question for Christians is this: As we are left in the aftermath of a long and divisive election, what do we want to be known for?

What if Christians were known for generosity, empathy, and our ability to disagree with kindness and love for one another (John 13: 34–35). It’s likely that we can all agree on these qualities being critically important.

As we all reflect, here are ten thoughts from pastors and leaders on how they think the church should respond…

The election is over. Now what do we do? by Jonathan Malm

“So it’s up to us to believe — to stand in courageous faith — that good things will happen. Policies might not be what we want them to be, but hearts can be turned toward God. Policies don’t matter when we submit to the authority of God.”

Why Christians should not succumb to the apocalyptic language of the election by Russell Moore

“The Bible commands us to pray for “all who are in high positions” (1 Tim. 2:1–2). Moreover, the Scripture tells us to give “honor to whom honor is due” (Rom. 13:7). Many of us have deep differences with our new president, and would have no matter which candidate had been elected, but we must pray that he will succeed in leading our country with wisdom and justice.”

How Christians Should Respond to the Election Results by Rick McDaniel

“This election has dominated our collective psyche for more than a year. Now it is over and we can move on to other productive pursuits. The election was extremely divisive and highlighted differences far more than unity. Way too much time has been devoted to negativity and that can now change. We need to pivot towards a more positive perspective.”

Franklin Graham Hails Trump Win as ‘Biggest Political Upset’ of Our Lifetime by Stoyan Zaimov

“I have no hope in the Democratic Party. Before you Republicans start doing back flips, I have zero hope in the Republican Party. The only hope for this country is God,” — Franklin Graham.

There’s Still Hope for Our Politics by Michael Wear

“As our fellow citizens attempt to solve our political problems, the American church has the opportunity stand with the tradition of the saints and the gospel we love. Our spiritual needs will never be met by politics, and no amount of political reform will change that. The best way for our nation to get the politics it needs is for us to become the kind of people our politics needs.”

Trumped: American Politics Turned Upside Down by Ed Stetzer

“We need to remember that Trump voters are not Trump… Avoid the temptation of further division. In fact, we should be doing the exact opposite, by working proactively to mend fences and unite. This isn’t the time to point fingers and say “I told you so,” or to assign blame. We need each other more than ever, and the lines that divided us over these last few months cannot be allowed to grow deeper.
It is time to heal, and remember that we are called to forgive even the deepest slights. No matter what side of the aisle we were on — or even if we were sitting on the sidelines or in the middle — we all wanted something better for our country these past 18 months. But we seek a different and better place altogether, and we stand united in that.”

What Is a Christian’s Role After This Contentious Election? by Steve Strang

“We need to heed John’s admonition to be salt and light no matter the outcome of this election. Remember, the Bible says they will know we are Christians by our love, not by how we vote for president.”

God is King, No Matter What by Jason Hood

“Seen from the throne room, Election Day and Inauguration Day are opportunities to remember the unelected King, regardless of whether they produce the outcome we desire. The only inauguration that ultimately matters occurred 2,000 years ago, when the Emperor of the cosmos showed up in the flesh to launch an Empire without end.”

How the Church Can Move Forward Past Election Day by Janice Wood

“The Church is in a perfect position to respond to the most disheartening presidential campaign in recent history. Seriously, folks, we have to see this opportunity.”

I’m a black Christian, and guess what? Donald Trump’s America is my America, too. By Thabiti Anyabwile

“This election was indeed about a referendum on what kind of people and country we want to be. It was a battle, like all elections, of competing visions. That competition affects us all in time. What really matters is how well we pay attention to those affects on people “not like us.” Selfishness is easy. Celebration in victory requires no character or effort. The true test will be whether we can celebrate what we think is good while also protecting against what we think is bad.”

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

01
Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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