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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…

The recession that is already here, and what to do about it.

The recession that is already here, and what to do about it.

The US economy has not seen a recession since the financial crisis from 07-09.  During that time, roughly 8.7 million jobs were shed and GDP contracted by 5.1, making it the worst recession since the Great Depression.*  Since then, much has improved. Millions of jobs have been added back into the economy and, as recently…

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…

What To Say During The Church Offering This Weekend

What To Say During The Church Offering This Weekend

The talk leading into your church offering can create many stressful moments, to the point where many pastors completely dread getting on stage at this point of the service. You know people in your church can give more than they currently do. For some, it’s a little more. For others, it’s much more. Leading those…

You Have More Money In Your Church Than You Know

You Have More Money In Your Church Than You Know

It’s hard to keep the lights on at the church, our staff paid and missions growing without money. What if recurring givers were everywhere, so we didn’t have to beg for generous millionaires that many churches don’t have? “They have money and they love to give,” we say. “More high capacity givers is a good…

It’s Time For A Change In How Your Church Gives

It’s Time For A Change In How Your Church Gives

Online giving is a means to make it easier for people to give in the church. Yet so many churches still don’t utilize it in the best way possible. For instance, when you hear “high capacity givers,” what comes to mind? Problem an image of a couple in their 50s. Maybe they drive a luxury…

“Just Call Jim” To Give More

“Just Call Jim” To Give More

When it comes to looking for money, a giver with lots of money usually comes to mind first instead of moving someone to be come a recurring giver. “Maybe if I call Jim, he can help us get this done.” That sounds like a slogan for a local plumber or electrician. But it was uttered…

Budget Planning For Your Church

Budget Planning For Your Church

What’s your plan for the next 12 months as it relates to budget planning for your church? Most pastors begin planning budgets, ministries, and events about a year or so in advance. However, that’s not the case for everyone. Setting aside time now to plan your budget allows you to prepare for whatever God does…

Paying The Church’s Power Bill Can Be Exciting

Paying The Church’s Power Bill Can Be Exciting

When it’s time for the church offering there are a lot of people who have the same question … “How do I know my gift isn’t just going to the power bill?” This question, or some variation of it, is asked every week in churches around the country. I remember hearing it in the church…

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…

Kill These 3 Church Myths

Kill These 3 Church Myths

There are an endless number of church myths about money. We hear them every day from pastors like you. These falsehoods keep you from confidently and clearly talking about money each week. When you and your staff believe them, your ministry suffers. In other words, giving is restricted because these myths keep your congregation from…

Overcoming The Money Talk In Church

Overcoming The Money Talk In Church

Money talk. Just that phrase alone is enough to make some folks cringe. Maybe your kids roll their eyes when you say “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Staff meetings about money can’t seem to end fast enough. Your congregation avoids eye contact when you preach about money. Do you know the full income, debt, or…

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…

A Sample Giving Talk To Use This Sunday In Church

A Sample Giving Talk To Use This Sunday In Church

A giving talk is something a pastor will give more than 50 times a year in front of his/her congregation.  Once they give, we already know how they can be led to do it again. There are four simple ways you can move givers forward at your church: 1.) Write a handwritten note to 1st-time…

4 Secrets To Move Your Church Givers Forward

4 Secrets To Move Your Church Givers Forward

Amazon knows that their Prime members spend more each year, and customers who spend more money are good for any business. Amazon, like most companies, takes specific actions for that process. They do certain things a certain way to achieve their goals. When it comes to leading givers, what can you do in your church…

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…

Church Emails: Getting Your Congregation To Read Them

Church Emails: Getting Your Congregation To Read Them

Church emails to your congregation can sometimes go in one ear and out the other. Yet it’s one of the most, if not the most, effective ways of communication. If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with email. Depending on what study you read, the average person gets anywhere between 75 and a…

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 Digital Giving System That Increases Church Profit Every Year

The Digital Giving System That Increases Church Profit Every Year

Living in the world in which we do where everything seems so automated, it’s hard to believe a time when digital giving didn’t exist in a church. Last time we talked with Pastor Kevin Lloyd, he shared 3 areas of focus for any church to kickstart growth: Staff, Culture, and Systems. This time we caught…

3 Things To Consider About Pricing For Your Church’s Online Giving Provider

3 Things To Consider About Pricing For Your Church’s Online Giving Provider

In the world of non-profit donations, having an online giving system in place is crucial to maximizing giving. It’s like putting wheels on a car; you can get places without them, but you’re severely limiting yourself. So, unless you want to be running around like the Flintstones, it’s best to find a giving solution that…

2 Ways Digital Giving Can Transform Church Giving

2 Ways Digital Giving Can Transform Church Giving

Church and digital giving seem to go hand in hand. Over the past decade, the way we give to the church has undergone a total transformation. With the advent of the debit/credit card, many of us no longer carry cash or checks like we used to. In fact, with the recent arrival of Apple Pay,…

3 Essential Gears For Church Growth

3 Essential Gears For Church Growth

Every year there are tons of churches across the country that see church growth.  Then there are tons who don’t, sadly some of them have to close their doors. By now you’ve probably heard most of the statistics on church growth: the 200 barrier, the failure rate of church plants, etc. And while the statistics…

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…

The Don’ts of Digital Giving In Your Church

The Don’ts of Digital Giving In Your Church

Digital giving is no longer a new idea in the church. Many churches have it. Many different companies provide it in one way or another. We all agree that writing checks and carrying cash have gone the way of the VHS tape and phones with chords, but for many churches, getting 50% of the congregation…

3 Secrets to a Successful Church Capital Campaign

3 Secrets to a Successful Church Capital Campaign

Most pastors dread a capital campaign. In fact, although his church has several campuses, running several thousand each weekend, Pastor Phillip Lee feels the same way. “I’d rather have you stick me in the eye with a sharp stick that do a capital campaign,” he says. Sharp words (pun intended), but many of you can…

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