How Your Over/Under Split Can Determine Your Future

How Your Over/Under Split Can Determine Your Future

A church sent me the breakdown of their Over/Under split and it was 84% vs. 16%!  84% of the churches dollars come from those 50 in age and above.  This group gives $1.3 million of the $1.5 million church budget.  The under 50 crowd only gives 16% of the budget yet...
How Systems and Stories Can Help You Make Budget

How Systems and Stories Can Help You Make Budget

Systems and stories.  Those two words have been rumbling around in my mind the last few weeks.  These two words are key towards your church being fully funded this year.  Let me illustrate with this story that came out of a planning meeting with one of my clients. “To...
How’s That Workin For Ya?

How’s That Workin For Ya?

Dr. Phil is famous for asking in his southern drawl, “How’s that workin’ for ya?”  People sit on his show and share their deepest fears and secrets and what they are doing to meet those challenges.  That is when Dr. Phil asks his famous...
The Biggest Roadblock to Increasing Generosity

The Biggest Roadblock to Increasing Generosity

Are you the biggest roadblock to increasing generosity at your church?   Often the biggest roadblock that I have to overcome when working with a church is a pastor or the staff.  They simply don’t see the need for all the fuss about giving and generosity.  That is...
Why the Future Church is in Danger

Why the Future Church is in Danger

The danger signals are all there pointing out why the future church is in danger.  There are many reasons but one major reason will be the decline in giving.  The projections are that the current rate of decline in giving will mean Americans give only 1% of their...
Acts 17 Generosity

Acts 17 Generosity

If churches are going to increase giving they have to move to an Acts 17 generosity mindset!  What does Acts 17 have to do about giving?  Let me explain. Giving to the Church is changing due to the demographic shift in America.  How will this shift impact giving?  I...
“I Got Out Coached Tonight”

“I Got Out Coached Tonight”

“I got out coached tonight.”  That was what Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams said after his team lost the Super Bowl on February 3rd.  When your team, known for its high powered offense, only scores 3 points the whole game you know...
How the iPhone Forever Changed the Offering

How the iPhone Forever Changed the Offering

Years from now someone will write an article entitled, “How the iPhone Forever Changed the Offering.”  Why should we wait for an article years from now on that topic.  Let me write it NOW! A few years ago a pastor asked me, “What trends do you see...
I Make Easy the Thing You Hate!

I Make Easy the Thing You Hate!

I make easy the thing you hate!  That is a new tag line of mine.  What is one of the biggest things that pastors and Christian leaders hate to talk about?  Money. No one wants to be “that preacher,” the one that always talks about money.  Right?  So, we...