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Why Your Success is All About Timing

After watching the NFL playoffs, I am reminded of why your success is all about timing.  How many times did success or failure of a play depend upon just the right timing?  A ball had to be in the right place at the right time at the right moment.  Players had to be in the right place and the right time at the right moment.  What is true for successful football teams is also true for you when it comes to raising funds. One of my specialties is helping churches know the right timing for raising funds.  You can have the right […]

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Do You Still Have Time to Hold a Spring Capital Campaign?

Do you still have time to hold a spring capital campaign?  The sales answer  would be yes.  The truthful answer is, it depends.  If you are interested read on… Yes, there is still time to get in a spring capital campaign BUT you need to act quickly!  Every day you delay to make a decision about your campaign makes it a bit more difficult to have a campaign in the spring.  If you miss this window of opportunity you will be pushed back into the fall.  What that means is the loss of thousands of dollars.  In this post I want to […]

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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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Why Your Church Will Struggle To Make Budget in 2018

I am here with the bad news of why your church will struggle to make budget in 2018.  I know everyone hates bad news.  Especially at the start of the New Year.  We want to be filled with optimism and hope right?  Yet what we often need is someone to tell us the truth.  The truth is that giving to the Church is in decline.  Here are some reasons why… America is increasingly more secularized every year.  40%.  That is the amount of decline between 1983 and 2016 of the U.S. population that identified with most of the largest Protestant […]

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Should Pastors Know What Members Give?

Should pastors know what members give?  Yes!!  There are few issues that cause more division and consternation than this issue.  Yet studies show that pastors who know the giving patterns of their members raise more money than those that don’t.  Yet many don’t want to be confused with the facts because they say… “I don’t want to know what people give because it might affect how I deal with them.” That is one of the stupidest statements any pastor or church leader can say.  It might be your value to NOT know but come up with a better line.  Why?  […]

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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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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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