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How to Ensure Your Team Wins on Super Bowl Sunday

Would you like to know how to ensure your team wins on Super Bowl Sunday?  I can help you do exactly that!  But I am not talking about the Pats or the Eagles.  I am talking about your church, the team that is “playing” for eternal matters not a trophy that will tarnish.  Let me show you how. How many stars do you get each weekend?  When I was a pastor I broke down the Sunday’s by what I came to know as a star system.  Was attendance good?  That was a star.  Did someone respond at the altar?  Another […]

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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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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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Why Your Church Will Struggle To Make Budget in 2018

I am here with the bad news of why your church will struggle to make budget in 2018.  I know everyone hates bad news.  Especially at the start of the New Year.  We want to be filled with optimism and hope right?  Yet what we often need is someone to tell us the truth.  The truth is that giving to the Church is in decline.  Here are some reasons why… America is increasingly more secularized every year.  40%.  That is the amount of decline between 1983 and 2016 of the U.S. population that identified with most of the largest Protestant […]

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I am THE Stewardship Coach

I am THE Stewardship Coach!  However… On October 1st of this year, Horizons Stewardship acquired The Charis Group and Giving365 platforms from me. Have you ever made a decision that almost immediately you knew it was a mistake?  At the time you felt the decision was the right one but only later did you realize it was not in your best interest or not what you had thought you were signing up for?  If you can say yes to the above then you know how I feel as I announce that I have resigned from Horizons Stewardship after only two […]

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  Click to Get Started “As of the end of November, 2016 contributions were up 17% over the same period in 2015. We attribute much of this to your leadership!  I extol your praises, and the value of your services, at every Finance Committee meeting.”  Pastor Steve Heyduck Euless FUMC Euless, TX  “Our church, Westminster Presbyterian has been a subscriber to the Stewardship Coach for 2 years now, and Mark’s weekly insight has been instrumental in helping us increase our giving.”  Gerry McShane Church Administrator Westminster Presbyterian Church West Chester PA “The Stewardship Coach has helped me influence a giving […]

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