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Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online giving grew 8% in 2016 but don’t forget Snail Mail!  If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that I am a huge proponent of online giving.  I believe digital giving is here to stay and the sooner we accept that the better off we will be.  Having said that let me state that online giving still only accounts for 10% of all charitable giving! What this means for you and your church is you had better not have all your eggs in one basket!  I have been preaching multiple platforms for some time. […]

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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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How to Avoid a Boring Offering

How to Avoid a Boring Offering

One major key towards being fully funded is to learn how to avoid a boring offering!  To me the offering is the most boring part of worship services.  Why is that?  Here are what I have found as the major reasons why. First, we fear asking for money will drive people away.  Jesus never worried about talking about money because he wasn’t interested in attracting a crowd but in making disciples.  Frankly it is not that the church talks about money that turns people off it is how we talk about it.  Focus on what the gift does and people […]

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How to Use Email to Close Out End of Year Giving

How to Use Email to Close Out End of Year Giving

My clients know how to use email to close out end of year giving.  Last year one of my clients raised over $15K with one email on the last day of the year.  Here are the basics we used. First, you must have a great online giving platform.  If you don’t have online giving we can set it up for you before the end of the year.  Check out Charis Giving Solutions for all your online giving support here at Charis Giving Solutions Second, we write short but effective email blasts to be sent out the last two weeks of the […]

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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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Why the Window of Opportunity is Closing for Churches (What you Need to Do NOW)

Why the Window of Opportunity is Closing for Churches (What you Need to Do NOW)

Few realize why the window of opportunity is closing for churches.   Giving to the church is on a continual decline.  If you think it is caused by the past recession you are sadly mistaken.  Giving is on decline for a multitude of reasons why.  Here are some of the major reasons for the decline.  We are increasingly a more secular society. Just look around to see the evidence of this.  We now have a new category of faith, the “Nones.”  Those are people who when asked their religion say, none.  Over 20% of Americans are in this category.  Church attendance […]

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#TheStewardshipCoach

My contention is that you MUST think about giving and givers 365 days a year in order to be fully funded.  Yet who has that kind of time?  I do!  I do one thing and one thing only, help churches reverse the decline in giving. After 20 years as a Senior Pastor and over 19 full years consulting with scores of churches I have taken my experience and knowledge and am using it to help churches see an increase in giving from 10% to as much as 32% annually!  I can help you! The Stewardship Coach will give you all […]

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Are You Ignoring the Facts?

Are you ignoring the facts of the churches decline?  Giving to the church as a percent of Americans incomes has dropped from 3.11% in 1968 to now at 2.3% and declining.  At the current rate of decline giving to the church by 2050 will be at 1%!  Yet when I talk about and write about this church leaders shrug their shoulders, yawn or worse act like this reality is not their problem. WAKE UP!  The decline in giving is impacting churches large and small.  While the current economic climate is certainly not helping it has little to do with the […]

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The Kind of Church I Pray For

Yesterday I responded to a church telling them in essence they were not the kind of church I pray for as a stewardship partner.  This is the second time I have said this to the same church.  The last time a couple on the committee said I was obnoxious.  I was surprised when three years later they again wanted me to submit a Request For Proposal something we just don’t do.  Why?  Because when you send an RFP all you get back is cut and paste answers from companies.  We are not interested in programs but in partnerships that lead […]

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Pray the Money In!

Here is a simple step towards being fully funded as a church, pray the money in!  This past week as my church, Gwinnett Church, continues its study of, “Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge,” I have thought about how prayer can and should impact our giving strategy. Do you regularly pray for a full offering plate each Sunday?   Isn’t it amazing how little we pray about some of the most crucial things?  We know that we need a fully funded budget but do we really earnestly pray for the offering plates to be full?  I fear that most […]

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