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How to Take Up a Special Offering

How to Take Up a Special Offering

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.  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.  Dollars follow vision.  I advise using what  I call the three C’s of vision.  Make your appeal clear, concise […]

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How to Take Up An Offering

How to Take Up An Offering

The most boring part of most churches services are the offering.  Little to no planning goes into this event.  Could it be that this lack of attention is one reason why giving to the Church is on a continual decline? There are many reasons for the decline and there is proof that poor offering set up is to blame but I find it interesting that in churches where the offering is set up well their giving does better than other churches. So, let’s talk about how to take up an offering.  Here are a few do’s and don’ts for you […]

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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 Churches Are Struggling Financially

Why Churches Are Struggling Financially

Giving to the Church in America is on decline and to offset that you need to know why churches are struggling financially.   I have been working for twenty years to see the decline in giving be reversed.  My life’s vision is, “To reverse the decline in giving one church at a time.”  The biggest hurdle I have in fulfilling this vision are the churches themselves.  Too many simply don’t pay attention to giving.  In my twenty years of work here are what I have found as the major reason churches are struggling financially. First and foremost, a church that is […]

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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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You Won’t Make Budget This Year If…

You Won’t Make Budget This Year If…

You won’t make budget this year if…  Some of you reading this right now will not make budget in 2017.  Right now at the start of the New Year you are full of optimism and enthusiasm.  You might be consoling yourself that even though Sunday’s offering was off it was a holiday.  Next week will catch you up.  Right?  What if it snows and attendance is drastically impacted?  A host of things can go wrong and frankly it will.  Then what will you do? Giving to the Church continues to decline.  Churches are struggling to be fully funded and 2017 […]

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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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The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

In 2013 I shared a presentation entitled, “The Future of Giving?  It Ain’t Paper!  After this weekend’s Black Friday holiday shopping now more than ever is this true.  Monday’s Wall Street Journal’s Business and Finance section had a lead article entitled, “Mobile Further Crowds Retail.”  Consider what they found from the Thanksgiving 2016 shopping period called Black Friday… 99 million people shopped in physical stores but, 109 million shopped online! 18% increase in online spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday over ’15 -11% decline in Black Friday visits with sales dropping 10% 60% of Wal-Mart Black Friday online sales came […]

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The State of Church Giving is Declining

The State of Church Giving is Declining

The state of church giving is declining says a study published by empty tomb, inc. entitled, “The State of Church Giving through 2014.”  John and Sylvia Ronsvalle have been producing the definitive study on the state of giving to churches and have recently released their twenty-sixth edition.  They track giving data from 1968 up to 2014 in their recent release.  Their findings are not encouraging.  Here is what they have found… 3.02% was the amount Americans gave of their disposable incomes to the church in 1968.  That percentage in 2014 was 2.16%. 2.38% was given to congregational finances in 1968 […]

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We Hope to Increase Our Budget

We Hope to Increase Our Budget

“We hope to increase our budget from 800K to $1 million.”  That was what a person told me their pastor stated recently at a congregational meeting.  Hope?  The saying, “hope is not a strategy,” first came to my mind.  When churches use the word hope it is far different than when the Bible talks about hope.  Hope in the Bible is a firm confidence.  Hope when used by a church about giving means, well, maybe, perhaps. I have a question pastor, how do you plan to make that hope a reality?  That would have been my question.  I would not have […]

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