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How to Use Direct Mail to Increase Giving

How to Use Direct Mail to Increase Giving

If you want to be fully funded you need to learn how to use direct mail to increase giving!   If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  Remember that old saying?  When it comes to raising funds we would do well to remember that.  The things that worked “back in the day” still work today.  For instance though I stress digital giving the offering plate is still the number one collection point for churches.  The same is true when it comes to direct mail what I affectionately call snail mail.  As we think about building out plans to increase your […]

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How Can You Make Your Campus More Giving Friendly?

How Can You Make Your Campus More Giving Friendly?

How can you make your campus more giving friendly?  I am glad you asked! That is my focus this week as we continue the series  of posts on building out  plans for giving success. We have been focusing upon the five platforms that lead to building a strong giving base. In this post I want to talk about the Campus  Track.  What happens on your campus that adds to or detracts from giving?  In all  your plans don’t forget to plan your campus for giving success. When I walk onto your campus am I reminded of the importance of giving? That is what I […]

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Using Your Platform to Increase Giving

Using Your Platform to Increase Giving

Get a plan and work your plan!  That is my mantra!  Last week I began sharing about having a plan to increase giving and I want to continue that this week.  We have spent time focusing upon the Five Tracks that are important to seeing an increase in giving.  Last week we talked about the Pastoral Track.  This week I want to write about the Platform Track.  What is said or NOT said from your platform each week that enhances or detracts from giving?  This is the driving force behind the Platform Track. There are three primary platform ways to […]

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How to Develop a Giving Plan

How to Develop a Giving Plan

Get a plan and work your plan!  I have been preaching this for years.  One of the major reasons we have seen a decline in giving is that churches simply don’t have a plan to combat the decline.  Think about it, we have plans for everything but giving.  Congratulations on reading this post it shows you are at least thinking about planning for giving! Reading this post while helpful is not a plan in and of itself.  This post and all my stuff are merely tools for you to use in implementing a strategic plan of action.  This post and […]

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How to Get Over the Fear of Asking for Money

How to Get Over the Fear of Asking for Money

If your church is going to be fully funded you need to know how to get over the fear of asking for money.  The number one reason pastors do not talk much about giving and money matters is they are afraid of the outcome.  They know that talking about money is about as popular in church as talking about who you should vote for.  We shy away from any discussion about money thinking it is not our place.  Who said so?  You will not find that in the Bible.  You will not find a passage that says a pastor should […]

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How Much Time Do You Spend on Offering Planning?

How Much Time Do You Spend on Offering Planning?

How much time do you spend on offering planning each week?  My guess is next to no time.  When I was a pastor I never gave the offering a thought.  Few do.  Could this be one reason church giving continues to decline? One minute for every hour?  When I was in seminary we had a preaching professor that said for every minute you preached you should spend one hour of preparation.  While I know few pastors that put in that amount of time still we do prepare and pray over our message.  Why, because it is so important. Isn’t making […]

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We Are Behind Budget!

We Are Behind Budget!

“We are $35K behind budget going into July!”  One of my clients told me that recently.  My response to that is now is the time to start working to correct that not later.  If you are behind now and are not actively doing something to correct the decline it might get worse.  If you are behind budget now you might be in trouble at the end of the year.  Doing nothing now is like fiddling while Rome burns.  So, let’s talk about what to do when you find yourself behind budget. You might be in trouble if… Your giving is […]

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Americans Are Eating Out Less So Why Does That Matter?

Americans Are Eating Out Less So Why Does That Matter?

Americans are eating out less so why does that matter when it comes to giving to your church?  I will explain but first let me set the stage for this post. “Dining Out Falls Victim to Economy,” was the headline on Monday June 27th’s edition of the Business & Tech section of The Wall Street Journal.  The article pointed out that restaurant visit growth has stalled in the last three months, “signaling that consumers, jittery over economic uncertainties, are re-trenching,” it read.  I read and watch stuff like this.  Why?  Because when people are cutting back their spending in one […]

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4 Step Memorial Day Offering Plan

4 Step Memorial Day Offering Plan

Holiday weekends are killers for offerings which is why  you need my 4 step Memorial Day Offering Plan! The major reason why your Memorial Day offering will be low of course is that your attendance takes a dive.  The age old axiom is true that when there are fewer behinds in the pews there is fewer dollars in the plate.  You can close your eyes and predict this.  Year after year you see the same results, a decreased amount of giving.  Sadly your bills don’t take the weekend off and still arrive screaming to be paid.  So what is a […]

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Chicken Necks and Offerings or 8 Key Components for Effective Offering Talks

Chicken Necks and Offerings or 8 Key Components for Effective Offering Talks

How could you possibly tie chicken necks and offerings together?  I recently wrote a Mother’s Day offering talk for my members entitled, “The Chicken Neck Sacrifice,” that I frankly worried might be too stupid to file.  Imagine my amazement that it has become one of my most talked about offering talks!  Read what I wrote and then stay with me as I break down the key elements of an offering talk.  Here is the talk… Have you ever heard that grandmothers and mothers would always eat the chicken neck when they served their families chicken?  I remember hearing that and I […]

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