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Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

I personally answer every email a client or potential client sends me!  My call to the giving industry is that we do the same.  If we get too big that we cannot personalize our help to churches then we are too big.  Frankly too many in the stewardship field are only interested in getting your dollar not helping you increase giving.  We must never forget that we exist to help the Bride of Christ. For those of you who are spending about $100 a month for a giving coach my question is, does your giving coach answer your emails?  My […]

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To Increase Giving Make it Fun and Easy

To Increase Giving Make it Fun and Easy

 To increase giving make it fun and easy.  That was my advice to the staff of one of America’s largest churches that had experienced a decline in giving.  How in the world can you make giving fun and easy?  The easy part is easier to explain. The easier it is for people to give the more they will give!  This is one reason why for the last 100 years giving to the church has led all charitable giving.  Every week we pass a plate or basket by our main supporters making it easy for them to give.  Now however the […]

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Do Special Offerings Work?

Do Special Offerings Work?

Do special offerings work?  My answer is as always, it depends!  I believe they can work but you need to set them up to work.  Most of the time we improperly set the stage for an effective offering.  One of my mantra’s is that we must work at making the offering a meaningful and worshipful moment.  I believe that any day can be a special offering day but there are some days that are more special than others. This past week was the 50th Super Bowl!  Talk about a special day.  Millions of fans watched the game with millions others […]

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Excelling in Everything

Excelling in Everything

Are you excelling in everything in your ministry?  As a former pastor for 20 years I clearly understand the pressures of the ministry.  Recently as I read my quiet time passage in II Corinthians or 2 Corinthians for you Donald, I came across the passage that is the theme of our companies. II Corinthians 8: 7 says, “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you excel in this grace of giving.” Paul was collecting an offering for the saints in Jerusalem […]

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Are you Behind or Ahead?

Are you Behind or Ahead?

Here is the key giving question to ask yourself just a few days into the New Year, are you behind or ahead?  If you are ahead, good for you!  What are you going to do to stay ahead?  If you are behind, what are you going to do to catch up? Most churches do nothing!  Doing nothing will only result in, NOTHING!  Money does not simply fall from Heaven into your offering plates.  You need a plan of action towards closing out any giving gap.  Falling behind early makes it harder to be fully funded for this summer.  Now is […]

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Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

As you attempt to meet your budget needs this year my question for you is, does your giving coach answer your emails?  Recently I got online to listen to one of the leading giving coaches in America in terms of volume of churches served, explain how his listeners could increase their revenue.  One key quote he made was, “Answering emails is an absolute waste of an entrepreneur’s time.” I was shocked!  I know why he said this.  He has well over 1,000 churches that pay him around a $100 a month to provide advice, giving talks and other materials.  Do […]

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Do You Have a Winter Weather Offering Plan?

Do You Have a Winter Weather Offering Plan?

Do you have a winter weather offering plan?  It is not IF it will snow but WHEN!  When it snows you will either cancel services or at the very least see attendance greatly impacted.  When attendance is down so is your offering.  Few make up a lost offering the next week. Even those of you in Florida have to be ready for weather related attendance bumps during hurricane season.  So it pays for every church to have a plan to make up any lost offerings.  Here are some, Key Steps for Bad Weather Week Ends – Follow these steps to ensure […]

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Black Friday’s Winner and What That Should Mean for Your Church

Black Friday’s Winner and What That Should Mean for Your Church

You need to know Black Friday’s winner and what that should mean for your church.  First, for those who are not paying attention, Black Friday, is the day after Thanksgiving when traditionally retailers push out deep discounted merchandise and shoppers line up for hours to get the deal.  This year we reached a tipping point as more people shopped online than in physical stores during the Thanksgiving weekend.  The winner is e-commerce! Consider these early reports on early holiday spending… 103 million people shopped online over the weekend compared to 102 million who shopped in stores. Consumers spent an estimated […]

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Black Friday’s Winner and What That Should Mean for Your Church

Black Friday’s Winner and What That Should Mean for Your Church

You need to know Black Friday’s winner and what that should mean for your church.  First, for those who are not paying attention, Black Friday, is the day after Thanksgiving when traditionally retailers push out deep discounted merchandise and shoppers line up for hours to get the deal.  This year we reached a tipping point as more people shopped online than in physical stores during the Thanksgiving weekend.  The winner is e-commerce! Consider these early reports on early holiday spending… 103 million people shopped online over the weekend compared to 102 million who shopped in stores. Consumers spent an estimated […]

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If You Want to Raise Money You Must Preach on Money

A truth that many pastors choke on is if you want to raise money you have to preach on money.  As a young pastor I once counted how many times in the previous year I had preached a sermon on money.  This was back in the day when my church held a Sunday morning service a Sunday night service and a Wednesday night service.  Three sermons a week!  In the year that I counted my giving sermons I came up with one sermon dedicated to giving.  I was not about to be “that” preacher, the one that always talks about […]

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