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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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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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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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If You Want to Raise Money You Better Have a Vision!

If you want to raise money you better have a vision!  You need a vision for each and every time you ask people to give to your church whether it is this Sunday’s offering or a special need. Good vision trumps bad economy!  I have been saying that for years now.  Even before The Great Recession I would get asked how the economy was going to effect a churches giving.  So at one point I wrote an article that had that phrase in it. Vision drives everything!  One of the three reasons people give to anything is because they believe […]

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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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Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online giving grew 8% in 2016 but don’t forget Snail Mail!  If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that I am a huge proponent of online giving.  I believe digital giving is here to stay and the sooner we accept that the better off we will be.  Having said that let me state that online giving still only accounts for 10% of all charitable giving! What this means for you and your church is you had better not have all your eggs in one basket!  I have been preaching multiple platforms for some time. […]

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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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Move Casual Donors to Committed and Consistent Donors

Move Casual Donors to Committed and Consistent Donors

If your church is going to be fully funded this year you MUST move casual donors to committed and consistent donors!  Why?  Because every year you lose donors either by death, or they move or they go to another church.  Typically those that you add are further down the giving chart.  They give casually and thus inconsistently.  You have to change that.  Let’s start by asking… How many donors do you have?  I once asked that question to a pastor and his reply was that he felt they had around 1,500.  We pulled the giving data of his church and […]

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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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