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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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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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Why Churches Are Struggling Financially

Why Churches Are Struggling Financially

Giving to the Church in America is on decline and to offset that you need to know why churches are struggling financially.   I have been working for twenty years to see the decline in giving be reversed.  My life’s vision is, “To reverse the decline in giving one church at a time.”  The biggest hurdle I have in fulfilling this vision are the churches themselves.  Too many simply don’t pay attention to giving.  In my twenty years of work here are what I have found as the major reason churches are struggling financially. First and foremost, a church that is […]

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You Won’t Make Budget This Year If…

You Won’t Make Budget This Year If…

You won’t make budget this year if…  Some of you reading this right now will not make budget in 2017.  Right now at the start of the New Year you are full of optimism and enthusiasm.  You might be consoling yourself that even though Sunday’s offering was off it was a holiday.  Next week will catch you up.  Right?  What if it snows and attendance is drastically impacted?  A host of things can go wrong and frankly it will.  Then what will you do? Giving to the Church continues to decline.  Churches are struggling to be fully funded and 2017 […]

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An Easy Step Towards Increasing Millennial Giving

An Easy Step Towards Increasing Millennial Giving

There is an easy step towards increasing Millennial giving that will work in any church.  In fact if you take this step you might actually SEE Millennials attend your church.  If they are not in attendance to begin with they won’t give to help you change the world.  As the current age of the Church increases daily we need the next generations to pull their weight in giving so that our work of missions and ministry can continue.  Yet how do you accomplish that when so many Millennials have left the Church?  One easy step is to change the way […]

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How to Make Up a Week’s Offering the Last Week of the Year

How to Make Up a Week’s Offering the Last Week of the Year

If you are behind budget you need to know how to make up a week’s offering the last week of the year.  Amazingly 25% of what a non-profit charity brings in comes between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.  Could you church leverage these lasts few days to close out any budget deficit?  YES!  Read on… My client use the end of year as a means to garner additional funds by following my plan of action.  I put together simple plans that if followed could bring in enough extra end of year giving to make up for one offering. […]

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The State of Church Giving is Declining

The State of Church Giving is Declining

The state of church giving is declining says a study published by empty tomb, inc. entitled, “The State of Church Giving through 2014.”  John and Sylvia Ronsvalle have been producing the definitive study on the state of giving to churches and have recently released their twenty-sixth edition.  They track giving data from 1968 up to 2014 in their recent release.  Their findings are not encouraging.  Here is what they have found… 3.02% was the amount Americans gave of their disposable incomes to the church in 1968.  That percentage in 2014 was 2.16%. 2.38% was given to congregational finances in 1968 […]

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3 Reasons Why Pastors Are to Blame for the Decline in Giving

3 Reasons Why Pastors Are to Blame for the Decline in Giving

Giving to the church is down and there are 3 reasons why pastors are to blame for the decline in giving.  I know this is a harsh statement.  Yet from my experience after 20 years of being a Senior Pastor and over 19 years of working with churches helping build giving plans this is the reality.  Pastors all too often simply don’t get the need for any type of giving plan.  When you don’t have a giving plan you are planning on failing. Before I give you my three reasons let me say that the decline in giving is driven […]

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Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

“Can you give me a call at your convenience,” was the question a member of Giving365 texted me recently.  He stated, “I have a short question for you that I would rather ask by phone about an upcoming offering talk.  I need less than five minutes of your time.”  I had actually taken a break from writing and was on a walk.  I immediately texted him my phone number and we talked for perhaps no more than five minutes.  What makes this so remarkable? First, it is the fact that several days before Sunday this pastor was thinking and planning […]

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