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My mission is to reverse the decline in giving one church at a time!

How to Make Your Campus Generosity Friendly

Is your church campus generosity enhanced?  One thing I look for when I visit a church that has engaged me to do a generosity audit is what around the campus enhances giving.  For the most part I find nothing.  I believe that from the moment people walk into your door they should be positively impacted and motivated to WANT to give to your church. I call this strategy The Campus Track and it is the subject of this post.

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Why Your Success is All About Timing

After watching the NFL playoffs, I am reminded of why your success is all about timing.  How many times did success or failure of a play depend upon just the right timing?  A ball had to be in the right place at the right time at the right moment.  Players had to be in the right place and the right time at the right moment.  What is true for successful football teams is also true for you when it comes to raising funds. One of my specialties is helping churches know the right timing for raising funds.  You can have the right […]

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Is Your Offering the Most Boring Part of Your Worship Service?

Stop and think about this, is your offering the most boring part of your worship service?  My contention is that in the vast majority of churches the offering is indeed the most boring part of worship.  Why is that?  One major reason is few if any leaders spend any time thinking about how to make the offering worshipful and impactful. The number one reason for this is that too many don’t see the offering AS worship.   Yet, giving is worship and the offering is not some interruption of your worship service it is a vital part of worship.  Believing this […]

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Do You Still Have Time to Hold a Spring Capital Campaign?

Do you still have time to hold a spring capital campaign?  The sales answer  would be yes.  The truthful answer is, it depends.  If you are interested read on… Yes, there is still time to get in a spring capital campaign BUT you need to act quickly!  Every day you delay to make a decision about your campaign makes it a bit more difficult to have a campaign in the spring.  If you miss this window of opportunity you will be pushed back into the fall.  What that means is the loss of thousands of dollars.  In this post I want to […]

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Do You Know How to Write a Church Fundraising Letter?

Do you know how to write a church fundraising letter?  Believe it or not that is one of the most asked questions on the Internet.  Appeal letters written correctly are one of the best ways to increase giving at your church.  The key is writing them well.  That is what I want to share with you in this post. Do appeal letters actually work?  Yes!  While online giving and email appeals get the most buzz non-profit charities still raise the vast majority of their annual giving through well-crafted appeal letters.  I can assure you that if they did not see […]

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If You Want to Be Fully Funded in 2018 You MUST Preach on Giving

I believe that if you want to be fully funded in 2018 you MUST preach on giving!  Don’t take my word for it read what George Barna wrote a few years about preaching on money from his book “How to Increase Giving in Your Church.”  He found that churches in which pastors preach… Single messages about giving raise more money than do churches in which no stewardship takes place. Two or more nonconsecutive messages do not have any advantage over churches that only preach on stewardship once a year. Two or more consecutive messages about stewardship raise more money than do those […]

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How To Make Up a Weather Impacted Offering

If you are going to be fully funded this year you need to know how to make up a weather impacted offering.  Why?  Because it is not IF you will have weather impacting your services but WHEN.  From Florida to Maine and Alaska to California weather does impact churches on weekends.  One often overlooked results of bad weather is a bad offering! What does poor weather have to do with your offering?  When the weather is poor people tend to stay indoors.  Attendance at your services will be lower.  When attendance is low your offering will be lower as a […]

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Pastoral Leadership is THE Key

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”  That is a quote from my old boss John Maxwell.  When it comes to a church being fully funded someone MUST own building giving and givers.  That someone MUST be the Senior Pastor.  A Senior Pastor providing good leadership in the area of generosity has a better chance of being fully funded than pastors who never concerns themselves with giving.

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Do Special Offerings Work?

Do special offerings work?  Yes!  In my experience of working with churches special offerings work IF, you hold them first and foremost.  Secondly you have to do them right or they could go very wrong.  In this issue I want to lay out what I feel are the key ingredients that make up a special offering. First let me tell you why I like special offerings.  I believe they give you the ability to recast vision every time you take up a special offering.  Remember, dollars follow vision.  I advise using the three C’s of vision.  Make your appeal clear, […]

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