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Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Offering

Your church has a better chance of making budget this year if you will use these four easy ways to improve your offering.  With giving to the church declining we need to take seriously our approach to the offering.  The following four steps will help. First, Pass the plate!  If you are not passing some plate, bucket, basket or other means by which people can put money in you are losing funds.  One recent study found that churches that don’t pass the plate raise on average 15% less than churches that do pass the plate. I find it interesting that one […]

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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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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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