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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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Do You Say Thank You Enough?

Do You Say Thank You Enough?

Do you say thank you enough when it comes to your donors?  Saying thank you is one of the biggest overlooked needs for churches.  Too many have the attitude that saying thank you to donors is wrong.  Here is a real life example. Several years ago a pastor asked me to write for him various letters on giving.  As I met with him I remarked that in their recent stewardship campaign they never sent out a thank you letter to those who committed to the campaign.  The pastor said, “I think it is inappropriate to say thank you to people […]

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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are you your own worst enemy?  When it comes to increasing giving or even making budget pastors are often their own worst enemies.  Few churches take any proactive steps to avoid the decline in giving.  Most keep doing what they have always done and then wonder why it no longer works.  We are headed for tragedy but the real tragedy is it could have been avoided. A classic example of how churches get it wrong is my parent’s church.  My parents are an active 87 years old.  My dad “works” twice a week for the Red Cross.  My mom spends […]

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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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I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I can’t help you if you don’t recognize you need help!  I am heading off to a conference where I will be speaking to pastors and laypeople about how to increase giving.  The church that I will be sharing at has seen their giving increase over 200% in the years that I have worked with them.  Not all of that is attributable to me but they will tell you that I helped greatly.  This church does amazing things and is willing every year to share with other churches.  I get to tag along, sit up my booth, pitch my wares […]

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The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

In almost 19 years of working in the stewardship ministry I have found that the biggest offering killer is all too often the Senior Pastor!  This will surprise you no doubt but it many instances the biggest barrier is the one you would think would be most engaged to see giving increase, the Senior Pastor. First, let me say that for 20 years I was a Senior Pastor and about the only time I thought of the offering or giving is when we were behind budget and not able to do some ministry OR pay staff!  I was as bad […]

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