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How to Make Up a Lost Offering Due to Weather

If you don’t know how to make up a lost offering due to weather cancellations you might not make budget this year.  The recent events of two hurricanes hitting our nation has increased our awareness of how weather can impact our lives.  What few think about, except perhaps your treasurer, how cancelling a service can impact whether or not you make budget this year.  The truth is many of your members will forget their normal gift to your church and will never make it up.  Thus every time you have to cancel a service due to snow, ice, hurricanes or […]

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5 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now

There are 5 easy steps you can take right now that can help you reverse any decline in giving!  Giving to the Church has been slowly declining year after year.  At the present rate of decline Americans by 2050 will only give 1% of their disposable incomes to the church.  If we don’t address this giving decline we are headed for perilous times. How Should the Church Combat This Decline? We all shake our heads about statistics like I have listed above.  Yet it does not have to be this way.  Not every church is seeing a decline in giving. […]

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Does Ananias Serve on Your Finance Team?

Does Ananias serve on your finance team?  Nearly every church in America has an Ananias or his wife Sapphira on their Finance Team.  You remember the story in Acts chapter five of Ananias and Sapphira.  They sold their home and pretended to give all the proceeds to the church.  They obviously told people they donated all the money when in fact they kept a portion of it for themselves.  They were putting on a show to impress people but it ultimately led to their deaths.  I thought of that passage after I received the following email… “We are a church […]

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Your 4th Quarter Will Determine if You Win or Lose

When it comes to being fully funded, your 4th quarter will determine if you win or lose.  As we approach the start of another season of football we will once again see the importance of the fourth quarter.  How many games were won and lost in the 4th quarter last year?  If you are an Alabama fan or an Atlanta Falcon fan you know the impact of a bad fourth quarter.  Often a game is lost in the last 2 minutes.  Just as a football team can lose the game in the final quarter and seconds your church can miss […]

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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 Reasons Why You Need a Labor Day Giving Plan and 3 Steps To Take

There are 4 reasons you need a Labor Day giving plan and 3 steps to take now if you are to fill up your offering plates.  Don’t look now but summer is almost over.  Summer is typically one of the hardest times of the year to see giving stay strong.  It is also the most costly time for most churches with camps, mission trips and other initiatives taking a huge cut of your funding.  Then at the close of summer comes Labor Day, a three day holiday that could greatly impact your ability to be fully funded this year. Every […]

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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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Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Offering

Your church has a better chance of making budget this year if you will use these four easy ways to improve your offering.  With giving to the church declining we need to take seriously our approach to the offering.  The following four steps will help. First, Pass the plate!  If you are not passing some plate, bucket, basket or other means by which people can put money in you are losing funds.  One recent study found that churches that don’t pass the plate raise on average 15% less than churches that do pass the plate. I find it interesting that one […]

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5 Reasons Why Churches Are Struggling to Meet Their Budgets

Giving is declining and to reverse this trend you need to know the 5 reasons why churches are struggling to meet their budgets.  It is true that last year giving to religion actually increase by just over 1%.  Yet the trends overall the last twenty years shows that giving to the church as a percentage of American’s disposable incomes is dropping.  At that current rate of decline by the year 2050 Americans will only give 1% of their disposable incomes to the Church.  At that point in time hundreds and thousands of churches will go out of business.  Why is […]

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