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Your 4th Quarter Will Determine if You Win or Lose

When it comes to being fully funded, your 4th quarter will determine if you win or lose.  As we approach the start of another season of football we will once again see the importance of the fourth quarter.  How many games were won and lost in the 4th quarter last year?  If you are an Alabama fan or an Atlanta Falcon fan you know the impact of a bad fourth quarter.  Often a game is lost in the last 2 minutes.  Just as a football team can lose the game in the final quarter and seconds your church can miss […]

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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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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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The One Thing Every Church Can Do to Improve Giving

Do you know what the one thing every church can do to improve giving?  Improve their offering time!  If you will invest some time in planning out what you say before you take up the offering I can guarantee you that it WILL increase your giving.  I call it Elevator Pitching your offering.  The Elevator Pitch is where someone in a short thirty to sixty seconds tells you what they are about.  If you take thirty to sixty seconds before you take up the offering to tell people WHAT the offering DOES you will raise more money.  You MUST connect […]

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Why You Need a Summer Giving Plan

Why You Need a Summer Giving Plan

Summer is fast approaching which is why you need a summer giving plan.  Right now your members are making plans for their summer vacations.  Some are already packing their bags!  If you don’t have a summer giving plan ready you will experience trouble making budget this year!  Why?  Because…  Summer is typically the worst time of the year for giving.     Summer is typically the busiest and most costly time of the year in terms of your budget.    After the first quarter churches often find themselves already behind budget making it difficult to catch up.    The average church has no […]

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A Series On Giving is 2 1/2 Times More Effective Than a One Off

A Series On Giving is 2 1/2 Times More Effective Than a One Off

Did you know that studies show that a series on giving is 2 1/2 time more effective than a one off sermon on giving? George Barna wrote about this in 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 churches that only hear one message […]

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The Art of the Ask

The Art of the Ask

One reason I believe churches are struggling financially is that they do not know The Art of the Ask.  Yes I know it is a play on some person’s famous book.  Yet there is an art to asking people to give that most churches either ignore or simply don’t know about.  If your church is going to be fully funded you have to know The Art of the Ask. Let me blow away a common myth to start with by saying that the vast majority of churches never talk about money.  Studies consistently prove this to be true.  In fact […]

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Why Sears Matters to Your Church

Why Sears Matters to Your Church

Sears last week announced the closing of 150 more stores and you need to know why Sears matters to your church.  You may not have anyone in your church that works for Sears. There may not even be a Sears in your town.  It doesn’t matter if you shop at Sears or not for this to matter to your church.  Sears closing stores is a trend we are seeing and it will have an impact upon churches.  I could have easily used J. C. Penny, Barnes and Noble or other traditional brick and mortar stores to illustrate the change in […]

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An Easy Step Towards Increasing Millennial Giving

An Easy Step Towards Increasing Millennial Giving

There is an easy step towards increasing Millennial giving that will work in any church.  In fact if you take this step you might actually SEE Millennials attend your church.  If they are not in attendance to begin with they won’t give to help you change the world.  As the current age of the Church increases daily we need the next generations to pull their weight in giving so that our work of missions and ministry can continue.  Yet how do you accomplish that when so many Millennials have left the Church?  One easy step is to change the way […]

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How to Use Email to Close Out End of Year Giving

How to Use Email to Close Out End of Year Giving

My clients know how to use email to close out end of year giving.  Last year one of my clients raised over $15K with one email on the last day of the year.  Here are the basics we used. First, you must have a great online giving platform.  If you don’t have online giving we can set it up for you before the end of the year.  Check out Charis Giving Solutions for all your online giving support here at Charis Giving Solutions Second, we write short but effective email blasts to be sent out the last two weeks of the […]

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