Five Steps to Lead Your Church to Rebound
An Online Course to Help Your Church Bounce Back and Move Forward
As your church moves beyond responding and through reopening, it's time to look at what the next season of ministry can be. Rebound will give you a roadmap for the future, and help you get back to where you need to be and primed for what is ahead. Each of the three modules includes insanely practical advice and actionable resources to help you gameplan for growth.
Build on What You’ve Learned
Prepare for the Next
Season of Ministry
Get Giving Back on Track
What We'll Cover
When COVID-19 hit, our churches responded, largely my moving most things online. As restrictions were relaxed, we build plans to reopen. But as we settle in to the new normal, it’s time to rebound. This course will help you wrestle with the question of “What’s next?” It’s not deep thought pontificating about the future of the church at large. Instead, this is a field guide on how to navigate this current season, getting your church back on track and focused on the mission.
The New Sunday Experience
Your church service may feel different and your children's ministry will need to adapt. And you have an incredible opportunity to blend a digital audience with a physical gathering.
While ministry might look different on the front end, the systems to support it on the back end need to adapt. Leadership development, online community building, and strategy will come into focus.
New Financial Realities
With 60% of churches reporting a decrease in overall giving, you will need a long-term plan to adjust spending, plan for cash flow, help people financially, and talk about money.
Meet the Instructors
Founder of Church Fuel
After a decade in student ministry and six years as a church planter and pastor, Michael started Church Fuel to help churches add systems, processes, and strategy to their passion to reach people. He’s been able to help hundreds of pastors and church leaders from churches of all sizes move forward on purpose. Building on his experience as a pastor as well as working with hundreds of churches across the country, he will help give you a game plan for leading your church into the next season of ministry.
You will also learn from several church and ministry experts.
Church Communications Specialist
Online Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church
Kenny and Elle Campbell
Founders of Stuff You Can Use
Children & Student Team Leader at Community Christian Church
Founder of A Greater Story
Founder of Hope Made Strong
Founder of Big Click Syndicate
Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group
What do I get with Rebound?
- Over 20 insanely practical videos across three modules of learning that you can watch on your own or with your team
- An Action Guide to help you implement what you learn
- Editable resources like forms, letters, spreadsheets and checklists
- Complete message series titled Reset with sermons, graphics, and take-home assignments
- Offering kit complete with communication, graphics, and coaching
- Tons of real-church examples
- Invitation to several “members-only” workshops throughout the fall for timely advice and real-time coaching
- As many logins as you need for other leaders in your church
The course is divided into three sections.
SECTION ONE: GIVING
COVID-19 has created many new opportunities for ministry, but it’s likely put a strain on your budget and heightened financial concerns of your church. As your church begins to gather again, turn your attention to building financial health and getting your budget back on track. This section will give you a roadmap to not just catching up on what you missed but preparing for the next season of ministry to your community.
The New Budget Reality
Engaging Your Finance Team and Leaders
How to Talk About Giving
Finances: From Asking to Helping
Leveraging Digital Giving
Helping People Win With Money
Special Offering Kit
Cash Flow Planning Spreadsheet
Updated Budget Template
Annual Funding Plan
Donor Newsletter Template
SECTION TWO: CHURCH SERVICES
When restrictions are lifted and church services return to normal, we really won’t return to normal. We’ll worship with a new and lingering reality. Children’s ministry will be different. First Impressions will be different. And the way we lead will matter more than ever before.
The Digital and Physical Bridge
The New “Blended”
The New Reality
Services and Preaching Post-COVID
Rebound Your Children's Ministry
RESET Sermon Series
Updated Preaching Calendar
SECTION THREE: CHURCH MINISTRY
It’s not just the Sunday morning experience that will be different going forward. Your church is going to experience deep changes at every level. In this section, we’ll show you how to keep your staff engaged and working on the right thing, build on the digital experiments you ran while staying at home, repurposing and reorganizing ministries to better suit today’s needs, and building real community and connection.
The Lessons We Learned
Communicating With Your Congregation
Staff Health and Alignment
Creating Content With Purpose
Rebound Your Student Ministry
Rebound Your Kids Ministry
Supporting Community Without Sacrificing Staff
Staffing after COVID
Building a Strong Online Groups Strategy
Building Community Online
Keystone Ministry Worksheet
Two-Page Plan Tool
Build a Plan to Help You
Prepare for What’s Next
Back to Sunday
As restrictions are lifted and you put new guidelines in place, you must ensure the Sunday morning experience remains purposeful. And since you’ll likely continue to have a large digital audience, not in the room, it’s more important than ever to have a digital ministry strategy running parallel to your in-person gatherings.
Good financial practices
It may take some time for your budget to rebound. So when you talk about money appropriately, adjust your budget and spending, and better plan for expenses, you’ll get your church in the best position to lead now and into the future.
Update your ministry plan
During the previous months, churches were forced to make changes. While we can’t wait for some of those to end, much of what we’ve learned can serve us well in this next season. We need to adjust what we’re doing while keeping the mission the same.
Two Ways to Get the Course
Church FuelPremium Membership
- Rebound Course Included
- All Other Online Courses
- All Resources in our Resource Library
- Ministry Coaching
- Unlimited Users
Rebound CourseOne Time Purchase
- Normally $299
- All Other Online Courses
- All Resources in our Resource Library
- Ministry Coaching
- Unlimited Users
Member Signup Bonus
Get our Tired Team product for FREE with signup. Church teams are working harder than ever: serving, leading, pivoting, and trying to keep the church going. All this hard work makes people tired, and if you’re not careful and intentional, burnout comes next. You don’t want to come back with a jaded team with low morale. This toolkit will give you and your team the coaching you need and the resources to make things better.
You can enroll in the course by itself, but many churches find membership the most help at the best price.
Membership in Church Fuel includes…
Ministry Coaching whenever you need one-on-one help with something specific
Access to our full Resource Library full of PDFs, spreadsheets, and documents
Logins for your entire team, so you can delegate and have accountability
Members get access to every course, including Rebound
Building Your Ministry Plan
Building Your Ministry Plan is an insanely practical course to guide you and/or your team through the process of creating a two page “business plan” for your ministry.
Breaking the 200 Barrier
Breaking the 200 Barrier helps pastors lead their church to 200 regular attenders and beyond. We break down the plans and strategies you need to grow.
The Volunteer Course
The Volunteer Course includes ideas, plans, and best practices for recruiting, training, and leading volunteers in any season.
The Giving Course
The Giving Course will help you learn how to talk about money the right way. Lead a fully funded church where you’re doing much more than meeting the budget.
The Leadership Course
The Leadership Course will give you a plan to develop yourself and your team while finding and training new leaders to do the work of ministry.
There are more courses included like The Systems Course, The Follow-Up Course, The Inviting Course, and more. We add new courses every few months and members get everything.
Members get all our resources.
Our digital Resource Library will give you the tools and templates you need to take action fast. There are more than 150 documents in the Resource Library with new ones added each month.
Plus, if there's something you need and you can't find it, we'll make it.
- Ministry Action Plan
- Evaluation Forms
- Volunteer Job Descriptions
- Personal Growth Plan
- Policies and Procedures
Members get coaching.
In addition to practical coaching and actionable resources, every member can connect with a coach anytime you need one-on-one help. Coaching is included for every member.
Lead Pastor of Surprise Church in Bismarck, ND.
Lead Pastor of Vertical Church in Durham, NC.
Co-pastor of The Source Church in Bradenton, FL.
Lead Pastor at Together Church in Moncks Corner, SC.
Lead Pastor of The Ridge Church in Oak Ridge, TN.
You can spend $2,000 to bring a few people to a conference, and maybe walk away with two or three new ideas. Or, you can invest $45 per month in a year-long membership that offers you one-on-one coaching, connects you to a whole community of like-minded peers and gives you actionable resources and courses that you AND your team need.
Need to convince your Finance Team?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the resources?
Every video, resource, and course component is accessed online on the private member’s website. You can access from any computer, phone or tablet with an internet connection.
How long will I have access to the videos and resources?
Your course will not expire; it’s yours for as long as you're a Church Fuel member.
Who is this for?
While any church leader will benefit from this course, it’s geared for pastors, church staff, or those in a leadership position at a local church.
Is there a return policy?
Every course, resource, or product we sell comes with our unconditional, 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied for any reason, just contact us and we’ll take care of you. Because most of our products are digital products, we choose to trust church leaders and operate on the honor system.
Who do I contact if I have a question?
Email email@example.com anytime you have a question and someone from our team will be in touch.
Can others from my church participate?
Absolutely. What you pay for membership covers as many people from your church as you need. In fact, we recommend you go through the training with other people and work on the exercises together.
What Other Pastors Are Saying
I am loving the course! Our leadership team has gone through module one, and we're already implementing quite a few changes. This will be very good for us, and we will be working at it for the next several months.
– Keith Wishum
I am an old fashioned fundamentalist and view the new stuff with the typical suspectful eye. But, I admit… I am seeing value and getting help with some of these tools. Mom always said “don't throw the baby out with the wash”.
– Dan Alexoff
With so much to do, Church Fuel is helping me focus and providing incredible tools for our team to use. Spending my own personal money on this each month is well worth it.
– Ronnie Whitfield
Since I've been implementing some of the things that I've learned from Church Fuel, we have grown. When I took over, we were at 54 members. We have grown now to where our attendance every Sunday is around 130. Because of our growth, we've had to go to two services, and I attribute a lot of that to Church Fuel.
– Christopher George
Church Fuel is an integral part to my personal leadership development, giving me specific items to work through in our staff and church. Our staff team became aligned to the same goals and we worked intentionally through them strengthening our team, culture, and systems. Not only would I say we have a healthier church culture, but I have greater confidence in what I'm doing, and know specifically what to work on.
– Lawrence Huey
Down to business. Back to your calling.
Church Fuel supports pastors on a practical level in their efforts to grow an active, engaged church. Members get access to tools, videos, and resources, all continually vetted by experienced church leaders, as well as one-on-one ministry coaching and a private member community.