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I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I can’t help you if you don’t recognize you need help!  I am heading off to a conference where I will be speaking to pastors and laypeople about how to increase giving.  The church that I will be sharing at has seen their giving increase over 200% in the years that I have worked with them.  Not all of that is attributable to me but they will tell you that I helped greatly.  This church does amazing things and is willing every year to share with other churches.  I get to tag along, sit up my booth, pitch my wares […]

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The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

In almost 19 years of working in the stewardship ministry I have found that the biggest offering killer is all too often the Senior Pastor!  This will surprise you no doubt but it many instances the biggest barrier is the one you would think would be most engaged to see giving increase, the Senior Pastor. First, let me say that for 20 years I was a Senior Pastor and about the only time I thought of the offering or giving is when we were behind budget and not able to do some ministry OR pay staff!  I was as bad […]

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Why the Window of Opportunity is Closing for Churches (What you Need to Do NOW)

Why the Window of Opportunity is Closing for Churches (What you Need to Do NOW)

Few realize why the window of opportunity is closing for churches.   Giving to the church is on a continual decline.  If you think it is caused by the past recession you are sadly mistaken.  Giving is on decline for a multitude of reasons why.  Here are some of the major reasons for the decline.  We are increasingly a more secular society. Just look around to see the evidence of this.  We now have a new category of faith, the “Nones.”  Those are people who when asked their religion say, none.  Over 20% of Americans are in this category.  Church attendance […]

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5 Key Elements to Make Your Direct Appeal Bring in More

5 Key Elements to Make Your Direct Appeal Bring in More

There are 5 key elements you need to know to make your direct appeal bring in more money!  Direct appeals work!  If they didn’t you would not be getting them from various charities either in your email inbox or your regular mail box.  The key however is to avoid the mistakes most churches make, the last post here, AND know the 5 key elements of an effective direct appeal. Here are the key elements of an effective direct appeal.  Direct appeals work when they are used effectively.  Here are some key elements that I look for in direct appeals. Start […]

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The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals

The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals

The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals kills a churches chances of raising funds!  Help us pay our electric bill was an appeal I received a few years back from a church trying to increase giving.  Talk about a non-exciting appeal.  Appeal letters and emails work.  If they didn’t charities would not utilize them.  Yet, If you know how to write effective direct appeals you have a better chance of being fully funded this summer!  Summer is a challenging time when it comes to making budget.  Why?  Attendance is down thus giving typically is down.  At the same […]

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4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling

4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling

I want to respond to a recent article on giving by sharing 4 more reasons why your church’s offering may be struggling.  Any article on giving catches my attention.  So when Tom Rainer wrote a blog post entitled, “Six Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling,” I had to reply with some reasons I find.  By the way Rainer’s post is a great one and can be found at  http://thomrainer.com/2016/03/six-reasons-why-your-churchs-offerings-may-be-struggling/#comment-520956 4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling 1.  Most churches give little to no thought or preparation to the offering.  The offering is the most boring part of […]

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10 Reasons Why I Personally Answer Clients Emails!

There are 10 reasons why I personally answer client’s emails! This is one of the major differences between what I do and what others do.  I get asked often, how are you different from this or that program?  First and foremost it is that I personally involve myself with my clients.  I have some really big churches I work with.  I know that sounds like Trump but by God’s grace it is true.  While working with $19 million dollar budget churches are cool I work just as hard for EVERY church.  EVERY pastor, staff member and lay leader deserves the […]

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3 Out of 10 Churches Face Budget Shortfalls

3 Out of 10 Churches Face Budget Shortfalls

A recent LifeWay Research survey found that 3 out of 10 churches face budget shortfalls in 2015.  It is an interested read that I would recommend you read here  survey The question I wanted to ask is, what are they doing about it?  I have been reading surveys and studies like this for years.  They all point out to us the same thing, giving is declining.  The degree or percentage of decline might be debated from one survey to the next but all point to one conclusion, churches are seeing less not more money in the offering plates. Why is this? […]

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How to Get Your Staff Involved in Building a Giving Increase

How to Get Your Staff Involved in Building a Giving Increase

Pastors, I want to share with you how to get your staff involved in building a giving increase!  As a former Senior Pastor I learned quickly that I needed help if I was ever going to get everything done.  That is especially true when it comes to increasing givers and giving. Everyone on staff should have a hand in fundraising.  That was the headline of an article in this months, Chronicle of Philanthropy.  When I saw that I said, “Yes!”  That is so true not simply of non-profits but of churches that want to be fully funded.  I believe that […]

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Marketing Vs. Ministry And Why You Should Compare Plans

One of the things that concerns me about many stewardship firms today is the whole marketing vs. ministry approach to doing business.  I started my first company, The Charis Group, because I grew tired of the sales techniques used by many firms, including the one I worked for, to get dollars from churches.  I would sit and listen to sales people tell what were obvious fabricated statements only in an attempt to get the churches contract.  Sadly in the rush to make a profit too many forget that our Christian companies exist not for us be we for them. My […]

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