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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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5 Key Elements to Make Your Direct Appeal Bring in More

5 Key Elements to Make Your Direct Appeal Bring in More

There are 5 key elements you need to know to make your direct appeal bring in more money!  Direct appeals work!  If they didn’t you would not be getting them from various charities either in your email inbox or your regular mail box.  The key however is to avoid the mistakes most churches make, the last post here, AND know the 5 key elements of an effective direct appeal. Here are the key elements of an effective direct appeal.  Direct appeals work when they are used effectively.  Here are some key elements that I look for in direct appeals. Start […]

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The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals

The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals

The Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make in Direct Appeals kills a churches chances of raising funds!  Help us pay our electric bill was an appeal I received a few years back from a church trying to increase giving.  Talk about a non-exciting appeal.  Appeal letters and emails work.  If they didn’t charities would not utilize them.  Yet, If you know how to write effective direct appeals you have a better chance of being fully funded this summer!  Summer is a challenging time when it comes to making budget.  Why?  Attendance is down thus giving typically is down.  At the same […]

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4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling

4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling

I want to respond to a recent article on giving by sharing 4 more reasons why your church’s offering may be struggling.  Any article on giving catches my attention.  So when Tom Rainer wrote a blog post entitled, “Six Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling,” I had to reply with some reasons I find.  By the way Rainer’s post is a great one and can be found at  http://thomrainer.com/2016/03/six-reasons-why-your-churchs-offerings-may-be-struggling/#comment-520956 4 More Reasons Why Your Church’s Offerings May Be Struggling 1.  Most churches give little to no thought or preparation to the offering.  The offering is the most boring part of […]

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10 Reasons Why I Personally Answer Clients Emails!

There are 10 reasons why I personally answer client’s emails! This is one of the major differences between what I do and what others do.  I get asked often, how are you different from this or that program?  First and foremost it is that I personally involve myself with my clients.  I have some really big churches I work with.  I know that sounds like Trump but by God’s grace it is true.  While working with $19 million dollar budget churches are cool I work just as hard for EVERY church.  EVERY pastor, staff member and lay leader deserves the […]

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3 Out of 10 Churches Face Budget Shortfalls

3 Out of 10 Churches Face Budget Shortfalls

A recent LifeWay Research survey found that 3 out of 10 churches face budget shortfalls in 2015.  It is an interested read that I would recommend you read here  survey The question I wanted to ask is, what are they doing about it?  I have been reading surveys and studies like this for years.  They all point out to us the same thing, giving is declining.  The degree or percentage of decline might be debated from one survey to the next but all point to one conclusion, churches are seeing less not more money in the offering plates. Why is this? […]

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How to Get Your Staff Involved in Building a Giving Increase

How to Get Your Staff Involved in Building a Giving Increase

Pastors, I want to share with you how to get your staff involved in building a giving increase!  As a former Senior Pastor I learned quickly that I needed help if I was ever going to get everything done.  That is especially true when it comes to increasing givers and giving. Everyone on staff should have a hand in fundraising.  That was the headline of an article in this months, Chronicle of Philanthropy.  When I saw that I said, “Yes!”  That is so true not simply of non-profits but of churches that want to be fully funded.  I believe that […]

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Marketing Vs. Ministry And Why You Should Compare Plans

One of the things that concerns me about many stewardship firms today is the whole marketing vs. ministry approach to doing business.  I started my first company, The Charis Group, because I grew tired of the sales techniques used by many firms, including the one I worked for, to get dollars from churches.  I would sit and listen to sales people tell what were obvious fabricated statements only in an attempt to get the churches contract.  Sadly in the rush to make a profit too many forget that our Christian companies exist not for us be we for them. My […]

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Why Churches Drive Me Crazy!

One reason why churches drive me crazy is they are too cheap to invest in their future!  Let me give you an example. “We can’t afford to hire anyone to help us increase giving” I hear this all the time!  One of my past clients just reported an -5% decline in giving as a result of saving money NOT using my services in 2015.  So they saved a few dollars and giving declined by thousands!  Does that make sense to you?  Can you see why it makes me crazy?  Here is another excuse I hear, “We don’t see the value […]

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Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

Does Your Giving Coach Answer Your Emails?

I personally answer every email a client or potential client sends me!  My call to the giving industry is that we do the same.  If we get too big that we cannot personalize our help to churches then we are too big.  Frankly too many in the stewardship field are only interested in getting your dollar not helping you increase giving.  We must never forget that we exist to help the Bride of Christ. For those of you who are spending about $100 a month for a giving coach my question is, does your giving coach answer your emails?  My […]

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