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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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5 Steps to Use the Power of the Pulpit

5 Steps to Use the Power of the Pulpit

I want to give you 5 steps to use the power of the pulpit that WILL increase your giving!  George Barna says churches need to be “humble self-promoters” and there is no better place for that to occur than the pulpit.  The sad truth however is that many pastors never use their greatest tool, the pulpit to cultivate giving.  They incorrectly feel that any talk of money or finances will drive people away.  If you are to make it through these challenging economic times you must develop a compelling message from the pulpit or platform. Your approach on stewardship preaching Don’t […]

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The Forgotten Sermon: How to Preach Effectively on Giving

The Forgotten Sermon: How to Preach Effectively on Giving

A study found that only 32 percent of American church members reported that they had heard a sermon on the relationship between faith and personal finances in that previous year.  The author of the study concluded, “clergy often tiptoe around the topic of money as if they were taking a walk through a minefield.” Could this a major reason why giving to the Church is on a continual decline?   “All the church ever talks about is money!”  You ever hear that one?  Early in my ministry I had someone tell me that.  They were not a part of my […]

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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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If You Want to Raise Money You Must Preach on Money

A truth that many pastors choke on is if you want to raise money you have to preach on money.  As a young pastor I once counted how many times in the previous year I had preached a sermon on money.  This was back in the day when my church held a Sunday morning service a Sunday night service and a Wednesday night service.  Three sermons a week!  In the year that I counted my giving sermons I came up with one sermon dedicated to giving.  I was not about to be “that” preacher, the one that always talks about […]

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If You Never Preach On Giving You Won’t Get Givers

If you never preach on giving you won’t get givers and thus you will always struggle to make budget!  I could point out multiple studies to show you the truth of that statement.  However you might only have to look at your year to date giving to find proof enough. Recently one of my associates was in a church where a layperson told him their pastor in over twenty years had never preached one sermon on giving.  That does not surprise me.  Look at this… A survey of churches found that only 32% of American church members reported they had […]

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