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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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Are You a Disconnected Pastor?

When it comes to helping your church be fully funded are you a disconnected pastor?  I have found without exception that the lack of pastoral involvement in stewardship is the number one reason churches are failing to realize their potential in giving.  Few pastors take an interest in stewardship.  When they do give any time to stewardship it is often begrudgingly.  The vast majority of pastors simply ignore stewardship and the offering plate shows the neglect.  When it comes to giving and stewardship they are the disconnected pastor. Why are pastors disconnected from giving?  Here are a few of my […]

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Labor Day Giving Plan and 3 Steps To Take

There are 4 reasons you need a Labor Day giving plan and 3 steps to take now if you are to fill up your offering plates.  Don’t look now but summer is almost over.  Summer is typically one of the hardest times of the year to see giving stay strong.  It is also the most costly time for most churches with camps, mission trips and other initiatives taking a huge cut of your funding.  Then at the close of summer comes Labor Day, a three day holiday that could greatly impact your ability to be fully funded this year. Every […]

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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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10 Tips for Writing Better Direct Appeal Letters

Here are my 10 tips for writing better direct appeal letters.  Direct mail?  Why would you want in this digital age to send an appeal letter through the mail?  They work!  While online giving is steadily increasing it still represents only about 10% of all giving to charities.  The bulk of charities dollars comes through direct appeal letters.  The bulk of a churches dollars comes through the weekend offering.  Yet IF you have an effective direct appeal approach you can add to what comes in the offering plate.  Also, direct appeal letters can and will help for those times when […]

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10% to 20% of Your Time Should Be Spent on Stewardship

10% to 20% of Your Time Should Be Spent on Stewardship

10% to 20% of your time every week should be spent on stewardship!  I made that comment recently on one of our Monday Morning With Mark The Stewardship Coach webinars.  I could almost hear guys falling off their chairs.  I know, on top of your busy week here I am adding more to the work load.  Yet I firmly believe that you MUST spend time in stewardship planning to be fully funded. How can you spend 10% to 20% weekly?  It is not as hard as you might think and you don’t need an alarm clock sitting on the conference […]

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Does your program REALLY work?

Does your program REALLY work?

Mark, I am very intrigued by your program.  My church has been in a giving decline for several months now!  It’s very stressful.  And I’m deeply concerned.  I really have just ONE question: Does your program REALLY work? That was a question a pastor sent me through Twitter just a few days ago.  It’s a great and fair question.  After all before you spend $365 dollars on a program, even though that is far less than others, you need to know IF it works.  How did I answer?  I gave him several quotes from real life churches that used my […]

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Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

Who Owns Making Budget at Your Church?

If you are going to be fully funded this year you have to answer the question of who owns making budget at your church?  This is perhaps the most crucial key towards being fully funded.  It is the difference between having the money in July for that camp or event.  It ultimately could be the difference between whether you get a raise next year or even if you get paid this year. If no one “owns” an event or task it is questionable if it will ever happen.  Owning something doesn’t mean you actually own the rights or you possess […]

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The One Thing Every Church Can Do to Improve Giving

Do you know what the one thing every church can do to improve giving?  Improve their offering time!  If you will invest some time in planning out what you say before you take up the offering I can guarantee you that it WILL increase your giving.  I call it Elevator Pitching your offering.  The Elevator Pitch is where someone in a short thirty to sixty seconds tells you what they are about.  If you take thirty to sixty seconds before you take up the offering to tell people WHAT the offering DOES you will raise more money.  You MUST connect […]

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