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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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Move Casual Donors to Committed and Consistent Donors

Move Casual Donors to Committed and Consistent Donors

If your church is going to be fully funded this year you MUST move casual donors to committed and consistent donors!  Why?  Because every year you lose donors either by death, or they move or they go to another church.  Typically those that you add are further down the giving chart.  They give casually and thus inconsistently.  You have to change that.  Let’s start by asking… How many donors do you have?  I once asked that question to a pastor and his reply was that he felt they had around 1,500.  We pulled the giving data of his church and […]

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How Do You View Taking Up the Offering?

How Do You View Taking Up the Offering?

How do you view taking up the offering?  “Just when we really start to worship then we have to stop to take up the offering!”  That comment made by a staff member to me a few years ago demonstrates the view many have in the church world.  Could this reticence be one reason why giving is in decline?  Here is the question… Is the offering worship or an interruption of worship?  I know what your intellectual answer will be.  Of course it is worship.  Few would argue it is not.  However does your attitude and actions tell a different story? […]

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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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Who Holds Your Camels?

Who Holds Your Camels?

Pastor, who holds your camels?  Before you say you don’t have any camels let me explain.  When the mighty men of Israel went forth in battle someone had to hold the camels and watch the baggage.  Great armies are able to be great because of great support systems.  Soldiers need not only bullets but beans to eat or they won’t have the strength to shoot straight.  Every successful army is supported by many others who never step foot on the battlefield.  The better the support an army gets logistically the better equipped they are to fight.  Someone has to hold […]

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Are You Getting Personalized Help?

Are You Getting Personalized Help?

If you have a giving site that you subscribe to the question I have for you is, “Are you getting personalized help?”  My major competitor hates when I blog stuff like this.  They whine that I am being negative.  Yet if you are paying $100 a month and you never get personalized help are you truly getting the right kind of help? If you enjoy being one of over a thousand churches and you feel like that service is meeting your needs good for you and good for them for providing you the help you want.  I just want you […]

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How to Take Up a Special Offering

How to Take Up a Special Offering

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.  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.  Dollars follow vision.  I advise using what  I call the three C’s of vision.  Make your appeal clear, concise […]

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How to Take Up An Offering

How to Take Up An Offering

The most boring part of most churches services are the offering.  Little to no planning goes into this event.  Could it be that this lack of attention is one reason why giving to the Church is on a continual decline? There are many reasons for the decline and there is proof that poor offering set up is to blame but I find it interesting that in churches where the offering is set up well their giving does better than other churches. So, let’s talk about how to take up an offering.  Here are a few do’s and don’ts for you […]

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The Art of the Ask

The Art of the Ask

One reason I believe churches are struggling financially is that they do not know The Art of the Ask.  Yes I know it is a play on some person’s famous book.  Yet there is an art to asking people to give that most churches either ignore or simply don’t know about.  If your church is going to be fully funded you have to know The Art of the Ask. Let me blow away a common myth to start with by saying that the vast majority of churches never talk about money.  Studies consistently prove this to be true.  In fact […]

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