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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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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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How to Make Up a Lost Offering Due to Weather

If you don’t know how to make up a lost offering due to weather cancellations you might not make budget this year.  The recent events of two hurricanes hitting our nation has increased our awareness of how weather can impact our lives.  What few think about, except perhaps your treasurer, how cancelling a service can impact whether or not you make budget this year.  The truth is many of your members will forget their normal gift to your church and will never make it up.  Thus every time you have to cancel a service due to snow, ice, hurricanes or […]

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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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Are You a Disconnected Pastor?

When it comes to helping your church be fully funded are you a disconnected pastor?  I have found without exception that the lack of pastoral involvement in stewardship is the number one reason churches are failing to realize their potential in giving.  Few pastors take an interest in stewardship.  When they do give any time to stewardship it is often begrudgingly.  The vast majority of pastors simply ignore stewardship and the offering plate shows the neglect.  When it comes to giving and stewardship they are the disconnected pastor. Why are pastors disconnected from giving?  Here are a few of my […]

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Labor Day Giving Plan and 3 Steps To Take

There are 4 reasons you need a Labor Day giving plan and 3 steps to take now if you are to fill up your offering plates.  Don’t look now but summer is almost over.  Summer is typically one of the hardest times of the year to see giving stay strong.  It is also the most costly time for most churches with camps, mission trips and other initiatives taking a huge cut of your funding.  Then at the close of summer comes Labor Day, a three day holiday that could greatly impact your ability to be fully funded this year. Every […]

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4 Kinds of Church Leaders I Can’t Help

There are 4 kinds of church leaders I can’t help.  I get asked a lot, “Can you help my church?”  My answer is, “It depends.”  There are some churches I can’t help and it has nothing to do with the church but its leadership.  In my nearly twenty years of helping churches I have sat at Joel Osteen’s dining room table talking giving strategies and sat with pastors running less than one hundred.  The size, denomination, lack of denomination, color, age demographic you name it I can help them.  Unless their leaders are the four kinds I can’t help. Here […]

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5 Mistakes That Will Doom Your 2018 Budget Before the Ink Dries

There are 5 mistakes that will doom your 2018 budget before the ink dries!  Right now across the country churches are starting their budget planning process.  Almost all of them are dooming that budget to failure before the ink ever dries.  There are five major mistakes most churches make when it comes to setting the budget. The five most common mistakes churches make in budget planning are… They over estimate their potential thus increasing the budget by too much. They base the budget on need not reality. They ignore trends or never are aware of them. They set it and […]

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