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10 Steps to a Better Offering

10 Steps to a Better Offering

If you will take these 10 steps to a better offering you will raise more money!  My Giving365 members have found this to be true.  One client increased the giving at his church by 30% all because they changed how the took up the offering using my strategies.  Here is a quote… “Our giving can be summed up with one word: phenomenal!  Giving is up 30%+ this year.  We connect the dots every week, using your offering talks.  This has been life changing for our church as we no longer scrape around for money every week.  Every single week, we say, “When […]

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Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

“Can you give me a call at your convenience,” was the question a member of Giving365 texted me recently.  He stated, “I have a short question for you that I would rather ask by phone about an upcoming offering talk.  I need less than five minutes of your time.”  I had actually taken a break from writing and was on a walk.  I immediately texted him my phone number and we talked for perhaps no more than five minutes.  What makes this so remarkable? First, it is the fact that several days before Sunday this pastor was thinking and planning […]

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What We Should Learn From Hurricane Matthew

What We Should Learn From Hurricane Matthew

Before I leave Charleston County, SC I wanted to write about what we should learn from Hurricane Matthew.  It’s Wednesday and at 3 PM today the governor of South Carolina ordered my country to be evacuated.  It takes hours to evacuate areas like mine so when a hurricane approaches emergency plans are implemented.  From Florida all the way up the east coast our attention is on Hurricane Matthew.  When and where will it hit the U.S.?  How much damage will it do?  Here in South Carolina our governor Nikki Haley is not taking any chances.  She has ordered coastal evacuations […]

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Does the Red Cross Apologize When They Ask For Money?

Does the Red Cross Apologize When They Ask For Money?

When people say that the church talks too much about money I ask, “Does the Red Cross apologize when they ask for money?  Never!  They just tell you there is a need and ask you to give money or blood.  At least in the Church we are not asking people to give blood!  So why is it that charities never get complaints about asking for money too much when churches get eviscerated every time we ask for funds?  There are multiple reasons like… We have let the world set the agenda when it should be the church that sets the […]

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How to Use Email to Raise Funds

How to Use Email to Raise Funds

If your church is going to be fully funded you will need to know how to use email to raise funds.  If you have not noticed our world is becoming increasingly digital and less paper driven.  This is particularly true of younger generations.  This makes it all the more important for you to understand how to use emails in raising funds. The second biggest mistake churches make with regards to email is not understanding how they are read.  The majority of emails are not read on a smart device.  Studies have shown that 55% of emails are read on a […]

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Please Stop Apologizing For Changing the World

Please Stop Apologizing For Changing the World

When it comes to improving your offerings, please stop apologizing for changing the world.  I visited a church yesterday and as the staff member was setting up the offering he said, “If you are a guest today you can just push that offering basket aside as you don’t have to give.  The offering is for our members not you.”  I call this approach apologizing for the offering. Here is what I would like to ask that staff member and his pastor.  Is the offering worship or not?  I know they would say it is worship.  My reply then would be […]

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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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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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