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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are you your own worst enemy?  When it comes to increasing giving or even making budget pastors are often their own worst enemies.  Few churches take any proactive steps to avoid the decline in giving.  Most keep doing what they have always done and then wonder why it no longer works.  We are headed for tragedy but the real tragedy is it could have been avoided. A classic example of how churches get it wrong is my parent’s church.  My parents are an active 87 years old.  My dad “works” twice a week for the Red Cross.  My mom spends […]

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4 Step Memorial Day Offering Plan

4 Step Memorial Day Offering Plan

Holiday weekends are killers for offerings which is why  you need my 4 step Memorial Day Offering Plan! The major reason why your Memorial Day offering will be low of course is that your attendance takes a dive.  The age old axiom is true that when there are fewer behinds in the pews there is fewer dollars in the plate.  You can close your eyes and predict this.  Year after year you see the same results, a decreased amount of giving.  Sadly your bills don’t take the weekend off and still arrive screaming to be paid.  So what is a […]

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Chicken Necks and Offerings or 8 Key Components for Effective Offering Talks

Chicken Necks and Offerings or 8 Key Components for Effective Offering Talks

How could you possibly tie chicken necks and offerings together?  I recently wrote a Mother’s Day offering talk for my members entitled, “The Chicken Neck Sacrifice,” that I frankly worried might be too stupid to file.  Imagine my amazement that it has become one of my most talked about offering talks!  Read what I wrote and then stay with me as I break down the key elements of an offering talk.  Here is the talk… Have you ever heard that grandmothers and mothers would always eat the chicken neck when they served their families chicken?  I remember hearing that and I […]

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I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I Can’t Help You If You Don’t Recognize You Need Help!

I can’t help you if you don’t recognize you need help!  I am heading off to a conference where I will be speaking to pastors and laypeople about how to increase giving.  The church that I will be sharing at has seen their giving increase over 200% in the years that I have worked with them.  Not all of that is attributable to me but they will tell you that I helped greatly.  This church does amazing things and is willing every year to share with other churches.  I get to tag along, sit up my booth, pitch my wares […]

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The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

The Biggest Offering Killer (This Will Surprise You!)

In almost 19 years of working in the stewardship ministry I have found that the biggest offering killer is all too often the Senior Pastor!  This will surprise you no doubt but it many instances the biggest barrier is the one you would think would be most engaged to see giving increase, the Senior Pastor. First, let me say that for 20 years I was a Senior Pastor and about the only time I thought of the offering or giving is when we were behind budget and not able to do some ministry OR pay staff!  I was as bad […]

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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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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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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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