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Out-of-the-Ordinary Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Day

Out-of-the-Ordinary Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Day

They feed and lead God’s people often at the expense of their own convenience. And even in the background, they are praying for you and you’re even unaware about it. So how do you say thank you to these generous souls who are serving the church every day without fail? We’ve rounded up unique ways…

20 Inspirational Bible Verses that Help You Continue to Persevere

20 Inspirational Bible Verses that Help You Continue to Persevere

Sometimes all you need is an inspirational or encouraging Bible verse to be able to take that next step, wake up to another day and keep on moving on. Just like the first sip of that hot morning coffee, or a hug from a loved one, people sometimes need a jolt of help, comfort, and…

Text In Church: Reviews and Pricing and More | New Fire Giving

Text In Church: Reviews and Pricing and More | New Fire Giving

Building a community within your church congregation starts with good communication. Many churches rely on weekly or monthly newsletters, bulletins, and announcements. Research shows that turning to text may be a better way to boost engagement. Gartner reported that 98% of text messages are opened compared to 20% of emails. Response rates for SMS are…

Church Announcements: The Complete Guide to Church Announcements

Church Announcements: The Complete Guide to Church Announcements

Announcements may not be the lifeblood of the church but if you want an informed and engaged congregation, someone has to give it much more thought than just another item on the to-do list. Here’s how to spruce up church announcements and get everyone listening. Set Priority Just because the service allots 10 minutes for…

Church Visitors: The 6 Things that Say “Welcome!”

Church Visitors: The 6 Things that Say “Welcome!”

There is a multitude of prompts that will inspire a person to grace the doors of your church. Perhaps it is loneliness and the individual feels that a church home is a wise place to make new friends, or an acquaintance keeps inviting the person and he thinks if he visits just once that the…

Motivational Bible Verses

Motivational Bible Verses

For Millennia, people have turned to the Bible as a source of strength, comfort, and guidance, both when life feels difficult and challenging, and when life is joyous and feels worth celebrating. If you are seeking a resource for motivation and guidance in your life, the Bible can be an extremely helpful resource packed full…

What Does the Bible Have to Say on the Matter of Giving?

What Does the Bible Have to Say on the Matter of Giving?

Christians understand that we have the gift of eternal life because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. If we are to honor Him and follow His lead, we too should be sacrificial, generous, and giving. But where does God weigh-in on the matter? Here we look at several scriptures on giving that tell us exactly…

Talking Divorce in Your Church

Talking Divorce in Your Church

You’re talking divorce, whether you realize it or not, to your church every Sunday. Well, kinda. You talk about the #1 issue that causes divorce: Money. No other subject causes more marriage problems than money. Most couples have at least one fight about money each month. As Larry Burkett once said, “Money is either the…

The Solution to Overcoming Cash Flow Problems in Your Church

The Solution to Overcoming Cash Flow Problems in Your Church

Many church members look at their pastor as the senior-most leader in their church. And rightly so. Outside of Jesus, you are the one responsible for leading your people to grow in their relationship with God. And with that comes the responsibility to lead your church giving every Sunday and beyond. But the reality is…

What a 1500-year-old Poem Says About Your Giving

What a 1500-year-old Poem Says About Your Giving

Did you have to read Beowulf in high school? It’s the oldest story in English literature and if you get the right version, it’s a rip-roaring tale. Here’s the short version: A creature named Grendel is terrorizing King Hrogarth and his men. Hrograth hears of a great warrior named Beowulf and asks him to come…

The Rich Young Ruler and Your Giving

The Rich Young Ruler and Your Giving

Let’s take a look at the parable of the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10:17-22 17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do…

How to Create Powerful Church Giving Messages

How to Create Powerful Church Giving Messages

Did you know when you want to create powerful church giving messages, your vision can inspire more giving. One of my favorite books about how to deliver a powerful, compelling message is Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. Their S.U.C.C.E.S model is one of the best templates I’ve ever seen for evaluating the…

Is “Tithing” Still Relevant?

Is “Tithing” Still Relevant?

Giving to churches nationwide is in decline and has been in decline for several decades. While charitable giving in the United States is at all-time highs, most charitable giving has moved away from churches and toward other non-profit work. As this reduction in available charitable funds impacts the work of churches, church leaders often consider…

Are you using a broken playbook from the 60s?

Are you using a broken playbook from the 60s?

Are you using a broken playbook from the 60s to encourage giving in your church?   In 1987, Bob Knight could do no wrong. He had just led the Indiana University Basketball team to another national championship (his third) and the Indiana University Basketball program was one of the most desirable programs for any young…

You Have What It Takes To Lead Your Church To Give

You Have What It Takes To Lead Your Church To Give

Many church members look at their pastor as the senior most leader in their church. And with that comes the responsibility to lead your church giving every Sunday and beyond. But the reality is this… Almost every church struggles with money. Cash flow is inconsistent and unpredictable. And the weekly budget requirements are created based…

How To Create An Offering Talk For Your Next Sermon

How To Create An Offering Talk For Your Next Sermon

Each week you get 2-3 minutes for your offering talk, when you can speak directly to your givers. This precious time allows you to cast vision and communicate with those who fund the mission of the church. I’ve heard pastors say everything from “You’re not generous enough” to “Well, why don’t you just give?” As…

How To Talk About Giving In Church This Weekend

How To Talk About Giving In Church This Weekend

When it’s time for the giving talk during service it can be awkward, because the truth is, most people don’t know how to do it well. No one has modeled it for them. They haven’t seen many good examples of it. Maybe their parents were incredibly frugal or burdened by debt. Or maybe they grew…

Do You Struggle To Engage Givers At Your Church?

Do You Struggle To Engage Givers At Your Church?

Most church leaders think giving is a one-time transaction during the weekly offering, they don’t think afterwards about how to engage givers. Maybe there’s a mention of something going on in the church, and then a short prayer. And that’s where it ends. No follow up. No engagement. No next steps. Nothing. Your church probably…

3 Painful Reasons Church Generosity Isn’t More

3 Painful Reasons Church Generosity Isn’t More

Every church depends on the generosity of its members for financial and volunteer support. Church generosity isn’t always top of mind. And for churches, there are often painful reasons why they aren’t giving more than they receive. There’s an old anecdote about a man who was trying to understand how big God is so he…

Casting Vision In A Church During Tough Circumstances

Casting Vision In A Church During Tough Circumstances

An Interview with Pastor Mark Carter, Torch of Faith Church Casting vision in a church can be difficult. And let’s face it, as a pastor or church leader, you face difficult decisions and conversations almost on a daily basis. It’s part of ministry; it just gets messy sometimes. When circumstances reach their peak and you’re…

Church Branding: Communicating Your Message

Church Branding: Communicating Your Message

An Interview with Cody Bridenbaugh, Founder of Made By Harvest Church branding is somewhat of a new idea. Most people tend to think of branding as a “stuffy, corporate” thing says our guest Cody Bridenbaugh, founder of Made By Harvest. Cody offers a different perspective. While many people may get the wrong idea about what branding is, Cody says that it’s simply helping to bring continuity to your message and how people perceive and understand your church. Cody links a conversation a church member may have with someone about visiting their church, the brochure they may hand out to give them more information and the logos, setting, etc. that person experiences when they get there. If there…

Jesus Loves Arabs: Going Great Lengths for Mission Work

Jesus Loves Arabs: Going Great Lengths for Mission Work

Mission work isn’t for the faint of heart.  And even then, it can be a daunting task if you do it alone. Really, mission work can be a daunting task with a group as well. Marion Clifton knows exactly what it takes to do mission work…as well as how grueling it can be.  His mission…

Staff Giving In Your Church

Staff Giving In Your Church

Staff Giving Should Be Just As Important As Your Congregation Giving… At least that’s what Dr. David McKinley of Warren Baptist Church says. Last time we spoke with Dr. McKinley it was about a pivotal decision he made when his expectations about his church’s capital campaign didn’t quite pan out. We caught back up with…

The Nearly Costly Church Mistake

The Nearly Costly Church Mistake

Starting a church campaign is not something many pastor’s jump up and down to start.  In fact, they do what they can to avoid them until they know it’s the right time to present it to the congregation. In a church it’s a huge undertaking, not only for the staff and pastor but also for…

Church Giving: An Emotional Decision

Church Giving: An Emotional Decision

An interview with Pastor Philip Dunn, Millbrook Baptist Church

Modern Day Tithing Formula

Modern Day Tithing Formula

Tithing is something that it seems was a ‘no-brainer’ even a generation ago, but not it’s something pastors seem to have to work harder to get their congregation to do.     By now it’s no secret that an inordinately low percentage of people give by the traditional tithing standard. In fact, some studies show…

Overcoming Common Church Hardships Pastors Face

Overcoming Common Church Hardships Pastors Face

Church hardships will come and go for pastors.  But it’s how you overcome them that can either help you carry on, or deplete you of your energy. “Monday you’re either living off the high off how great the weekend was…or you feel suicidal.” Pastor Wesley Weatherford’s words are blunt, but I’m willing to bet they…

Talk Business In Church: Increase Giving

Talk Business In Church: Increase Giving

An interview with Grant Wiseman – Priest, St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church Every church wants to increase giving.  Who doesn’t?  Many in your church likely work for a business or own one, so wouldn’t it make sense to speak their language? Grant Wiseman of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church knows the answer to this  He spent years…

The Sunday Giving Sermon That Changed Everything

The Sunday Giving Sermon That Changed Everything

If you’re like most pastors, your favorite sermon isn’t a giving sermon. Far from it. Pastor Jason Mitchem is no different. In fact, he reserved giving sermons weekday events and the like, places where the most committed core of his congregants would be with little room for turning newcomers off to his church. He says…

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