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The End is Near So Start Planning Now

The End is Near So Start Planning Now

The end is near so start planning now if you want to be fully funded in 2016 AND set the stage for a great start to 2017.  Few churches think about end of year giving planning.  Yet the last quarter of the year, indeed the last few weeks of the year can make or break your giving success. 24% of charities yearly giving comes between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.  The end of the year is literally Christmas for non-profits.  They work hard at crafting their message and communicating it to the list of donors they work.  I […]

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It Interrupts the Flow of Worship

It Interrupts the Flow of Worship

“Just when we really get going in worship then it is time for the offering and it interrupts the flow of worship!”  That was a comment by a staff member of a church that had engaged me to reverse a decline in their giving.  As I listened in amazement to this comment I thought, is it any wonder their giving is declining?  Too many pastors and staff members don’t treat the offering as worship.  It is simply an intrusion upon the service. Is that the view of your staff?  Attitude impacts everything we do.  If we don’t have a good […]

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How to Use Email to Raise Funds

How to Use Email to Raise Funds

If your church is going to be fully funded you will need to know how to use email to raise funds.  If you have not noticed our world is becoming increasingly digital and less paper driven.  This is particularly true of younger generations.  This makes it all the more important for you to understand how to use emails in raising funds. The second biggest mistake churches make with regards to email is not understanding how they are read.  The majority of emails are not read on a smart device.  Studies have shown that 55% of emails are read on a […]

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How to Use Direct Mail to Increase Giving

How to Use Direct Mail to Increase Giving

If you want to be fully funded you need to learn how to use direct mail to increase giving!   If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  Remember that old saying?  When it comes to raising funds we would do well to remember that.  The things that worked “back in the day” still work today.  For instance though I stress digital giving the offering plate is still the number one collection point for churches.  The same is true when it comes to direct mail what I affectionately call snail mail.  As we think about building out plans to increase your […]

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How Can You Make Your Campus More Giving Friendly?

How Can You Make Your Campus More Giving Friendly?

How can you make your campus more giving friendly?  I am glad you asked! That is my focus this week as we continue the series  of posts on building out  plans for giving success. We have been focusing upon the five platforms that lead to building a strong giving base. In this post I want to talk about the Campus  Track.  What happens on your campus that adds to or detracts from giving?  In all  your plans don’t forget to plan your campus for giving success. When I walk onto your campus am I reminded of the importance of giving? That is what I […]

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How to Develop a Giving Plan

How to Develop a Giving Plan

Get a plan and work your plan!  I have been preaching this for years.  One of the major reasons we have seen a decline in giving is that churches simply don’t have a plan to combat the decline.  Think about it, we have plans for everything but giving.  Congratulations on reading this post it shows you are at least thinking about planning for giving! Reading this post while helpful is not a plan in and of itself.  This post and all my stuff are merely tools for you to use in implementing a strategic plan of action.  This post and […]

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How to Get Over the Fear of Asking for Money

How to Get Over the Fear of Asking for Money

If your church is going to be fully funded you need to know how to get over the fear of asking for money.  The number one reason pastors do not talk much about giving and money matters is they are afraid of the outcome.  They know that talking about money is about as popular in church as talking about who you should vote for.  We shy away from any discussion about money thinking it is not our place.  Who said so?  You will not find that in the Bible.  You will not find a passage that says a pastor should […]

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How Much Time Do You Spend on Offering Planning?

How Much Time Do You Spend on Offering Planning?

How much time do you spend on offering planning each week?  My guess is next to no time.  When I was a pastor I never gave the offering a thought.  Few do.  Could this be one reason church giving continues to decline? One minute for every hour?  When I was in seminary we had a preaching professor that said for every minute you preached you should spend one hour of preparation.  While I know few pastors that put in that amount of time still we do prepare and pray over our message.  Why, because it is so important. Isn’t making […]

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We Are Behind Budget!

We Are Behind Budget!

“We are $35K behind budget going into July!”  One of my clients told me that recently.  My response to that is now is the time to start working to correct that not later.  If you are behind now and are not actively doing something to correct the decline it might get worse.  If you are behind budget now you might be in trouble at the end of the year.  Doing nothing now is like fiddling while Rome burns.  So, let’s talk about what to do when you find yourself behind budget. You might be in trouble if… Your giving is […]

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Americans Are Eating Out Less So Why Does That Matter?

Americans Are Eating Out Less So Why Does That Matter?

Americans are eating out less so why does that matter when it comes to giving to your church?  I will explain but first let me set the stage for this post. “Dining Out Falls Victim to Economy,” was the headline on Monday June 27th’s edition of the Business & Tech section of The Wall Street Journal.  The article pointed out that restaurant visit growth has stalled in the last three months, “signaling that consumers, jittery over economic uncertainties, are re-trenching,” it read.  I read and watch stuff like this.  Why?  Because when people are cutting back their spending in one […]

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