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5 Reasons Why Churches Are Struggling to Meet Their Budgets

Giving is declining and to reverse this trend you need to know the 5 reasons why churches are struggling to meet their budgets.  It is true that last year giving to religion actually increase by just over 1%.  Yet the trends overall the last twenty years shows that giving to the church as a percentage of American’s disposable incomes is dropping.  At that current rate of decline by the year 2050 Americans will only give 1% of their disposable incomes to the Church.  At that point in time hundreds and thousands of churches will go out of business.  Why is […]

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If You Want to Raise Money You Better Have a Vision!

If you want to raise money you better have a vision!  You need a vision for each and every time you ask people to give to your church whether it is this Sunday’s offering or a special need. Good vision trumps bad economy!  I have been saying that for years now.  Even before The Great Recession I would get asked how the economy was going to effect a churches giving.  So at one point I wrote an article that had that phrase in it. Vision drives everything!  One of the three reasons people give to anything is because they believe […]

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10 Tips for Writing Better Direct Appeal Letters

Here are my 10 tips for writing better direct appeal letters.  Direct mail?  Why would you want in this digital age to send an appeal letter through the mail?  They work!  While online giving is steadily increasing it still represents only about 10% of all giving to charities.  The bulk of charities dollars comes through direct appeal letters.  The bulk of a churches dollars comes through the weekend offering.  Yet IF you have an effective direct appeal approach you can add to what comes in the offering plate.  Also, direct appeal letters can and will help for those times when […]

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Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online giving grew 8% in 2016 but don’t forget Snail Mail!  If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that I am a huge proponent of online giving.  I believe digital giving is here to stay and the sooner we accept that the better off we will be.  Having said that let me state that online giving still only accounts for 10% of all charitable giving! What this means for you and your church is you had better not have all your eggs in one basket!  I have been preaching multiple platforms for some time. […]

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10% to 20% of Your Time Should Be Spent on Stewardship

10% to 20% of Your Time Should Be Spent on Stewardship

10% to 20% of your time every week should be spent on stewardship!  I made that comment recently on one of our Monday Morning With Mark The Stewardship Coach webinars.  I could almost hear guys falling off their chairs.  I know, on top of your busy week here I am adding more to the work load.  Yet I firmly believe that you MUST spend time in stewardship planning to be fully funded. How can you spend 10% to 20% weekly?  It is not as hard as you might think and you don’t need an alarm clock sitting on the conference […]

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Does your program REALLY work?

Does your program REALLY work?

Mark, I am very intrigued by your program.  My church has been in a giving decline for several months now!  It’s very stressful.  And I’m deeply concerned.  I really have just ONE question: Does your program REALLY work? That was a question a pastor sent me through Twitter just a few days ago.  It’s a great and fair question.  After all before you spend $365 dollars on a program, even though that is far less than others, you need to know IF it works.  How did I answer?  I gave him several quotes from real life churches that used my […]

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Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

If you are going to be fully funded this year you have to answer the question of who owns making budget at your church?  This is perhaps the most crucial key towards being fully funded.  It is the difference between having the money in July for that camp or event.  It ultimately could be the difference between whether you get a raise next year or even if you get paid this year. If no one “owns” an event or task it is questionable if it will ever happen.  Owning something doesn’t mean you actually own the rights or you possess […]

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5 Steps to Use the Power of the Pulpit

5 Steps to Use the Power of the Pulpit

I want to give you 5 steps to use the power of the pulpit that WILL increase your giving!  George Barna says churches need to be “humble self-promoters” and there is no better place for that to occur than the pulpit.  The sad truth however is that many pastors never use their greatest tool, the pulpit to cultivate giving.  They incorrectly feel that any talk of money or finances will drive people away.  If you are to make it through these challenging economic times you must develop a compelling message from the pulpit or platform. Your approach on stewardship preaching Don’t […]

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The Forgotten Sermon: How to Preach Effectively on Giving

The Forgotten Sermon: How to Preach Effectively on Giving

A study found that only 32 percent of American church members reported that they had heard a sermon on the relationship between faith and personal finances in that previous year.  The author of the study concluded, “clergy often tiptoe around the topic of money as if they were taking a walk through a minefield.” Could this a major reason why giving to the Church is on a continual decline?   “All the church ever talks about is money!”  You ever hear that one?  Early in my ministry I had someone tell me that.  They were not a part of my […]

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How Recurring Online Giving Can Help You Avoid the Summer Slump

How Recurring Online Giving Can Help You Avoid the Summer Slump

Would you like to know how recurring online giving can help you avoid the summer slump in giving?  A few years ago I began to write about the importance of having online giving for a church.  At the time, 2011, LifeWay Research had just published a report that showed that only 14% of American churches had online giving.  I have long contended that in order to increase giving at our churches we must make giving easy.  There is virtually no easier way to give than through online giving. Here is a real life story of a pastor reading my blog, […]

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