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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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If You Want to Be Fully Funded in 2018 You MUST Preach on Giving

I believe that if you want to be fully funded in 2018 you MUST preach on giving!  Don’t take my word for it read what George Barna wrote a few years about preaching on money from his book “How to Increase Giving in Your Church.”  He found that churches in which pastors preach… Single messages about giving raise more money than do churches in which no stewardship takes place. Two or more nonconsecutive messages do not have any advantage over churches that only preach on stewardship once a year. Two or more consecutive messages about stewardship raise more money than do those […]

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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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Do Special Offerings Work?

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.  In this issue 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.  Remember, dollars follow vision.  I advise using the three C’s of vision.  Make your appeal clear, […]

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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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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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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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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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A Series On Giving is 2 1/2 Times More Effective Than a One Off

A Series On Giving is 2 1/2 Times More Effective Than a One Off

Did you know that studies show that a series on giving is 2 1/2 time more effective than a one off sermon on giving? George Barna wrote about this in his book “How to Increase Giving in Your Church.”  He found that churches in which pastors preach… Single messages about giving raise more money than do churches in which no stewardship takes place. Two or more nonconsecutive messages do not have any advantage over churches that only preach on stewardship once a year. Two or more consecutive messages about stewardship raise more money than do those churches that only hear one message […]

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