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How to Ensure Your Team Wins on Super Bowl Sunday

Would you like to know how to ensure your team wins on Super Bowl Sunday?  I can help you do exactly that!  But I am not talking about the Pats or the Eagles.  I am talking about your church, the team that is “playing” for eternal matters not a trophy that will tarnish.  Let me show you how. How many stars do you get each weekend?  When I was a pastor I broke down the Sunday’s by what I came to know as a star system.  Was attendance good?  That was a star.  Did someone respond at the altar?  Another […]

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Why Your Success is All About Timing

After watching the NFL playoffs, I am reminded of why your success is all about timing.  How many times did success or failure of a play depend upon just the right timing?  A ball had to be in the right place at the right time at the right moment.  Players had to be in the right place and the right time at the right moment.  What is true for successful football teams is also true for you when it comes to raising funds. One of my specialties is helping churches know the right timing for raising funds.  You can have the right […]

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Do You Know How to Write a Church Fundraising Letter?

Do you know how to write a church fundraising letter?  Believe it or not that is one of the most asked questions on the Internet.  Appeal letters written correctly are one of the best ways to increase giving at your church.  The key is writing them well.  That is what I want to share with you in this post. Do appeal letters actually work?  Yes!  While online giving and email appeals get the most buzz non-profit charities still raise the vast majority of their annual giving through well-crafted appeal letters.  I can assure you that if they did not see […]

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How To Make Up a Weather Impacted Offering

If you are going to be fully funded this year you need to know how to make up a weather impacted offering.  Why?  Because it is not IF you will have weather impacting your services but WHEN.  From Florida to Maine and Alaska to California weather does impact churches on weekends.  One often overlooked results of bad weather is a bad offering! What does poor weather have to do with your offering?  When the weather is poor people tend to stay indoors.  Attendance at your services will be lower.  When attendance is low your offering will be lower as a […]

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Are You a Disconnected Pastor?

When it comes to helping your church be fully funded are you a disconnected pastor?  I have found without exception that the lack of pastoral involvement in stewardship is the number one reason churches are failing to realize their potential in giving.  Few pastors take an interest in stewardship.  When they do give any time to stewardship it is often begrudgingly.  The vast majority of pastors simply ignore stewardship and the offering plate shows the neglect.  When it comes to giving and stewardship they are the disconnected pastor. Why are pastors disconnected from giving?  Here are a few of my […]

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4 Kinds of Church Leaders I Can’t Help

There are 4 kinds of church leaders I can’t help.  I get asked a lot, “Can you help my church?”  My answer is, “It depends.”  There are some churches I can’t help and it has nothing to do with the church but its leadership.  In my nearly twenty years of helping churches I have sat at Joel Osteen’s dining room table talking giving strategies and sat with pastors running less than one hundred.  The size, denomination, lack of denomination, color, age demographic you name it I can help them.  Unless their leaders are the four kinds I can’t help. Here […]

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5 Mistakes That Will Doom Your 2018 Budget Before the Ink Dries

There are 5 mistakes that will doom your 2018 budget before the ink dries!  Right now across the country churches are starting their budget planning process.  Almost all of them are dooming that budget to failure before the ink ever dries.  There are five major mistakes most churches make when it comes to setting the budget. The five most common mistakes churches make in budget planning are… They over estimate their potential thus increasing the budget by too much. They base the budget on need not reality. They ignore trends or never are aware of them. They set it and […]

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Does your program REALLY work?

Does your program REALLY work?

Mark, I am very intrigued by your program.  My church has been in a giving decline for several months now!  It’s very stressful.  And I’m deeply concerned.  I really have just ONE question: Does your program REALLY work? That was a question a pastor sent me through Twitter just a few days ago.  It’s a great and fair question.  After all before you spend $365 dollars on a program, even though that is far less than others, you need to know IF it works.  How did I answer?  I gave him several quotes from real life churches that used my […]

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Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

If you are going to be fully funded this year you have to answer the question of who owns making budget at your church?  This is perhaps the most crucial key towards being fully funded.  It is the difference between having the money in July for that camp or event.  It ultimately could be the difference between whether you get a raise next year or even if you get paid this year. If no one “owns” an event or task it is questionable if it will ever happen.  Owning something doesn’t mean you actually own the rights or you possess […]

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Retailers Are Closing Stores Is Your Church Next?

Retailers Are Closing Stores Is Your Church Next?

Business in America is fast changing and the question should be asked, since retailers are closing stores is your church next?  Amazon is getting much of the blame for why major chains like Sears, Payless Shoes and others are closing stores if not going under all together.  Could your churches future be in danger? If you don’t think this could happen to your church consider these startling facts from ChurchLeadership.org… Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. At the turn of […]

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