5 Mistakes That Will Doom Your 2018 Budget Before the Ink Dries

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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Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Offering

Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Offering

Your church has a better chance of making budget this year if you will use these four easy ways to improve your offering.  With giving to the church declining we need to take seriously our approach to the offering.  The following four steps will help. First, Pass the plate!  If you are not passing some plate, bucket, basket or other means by which people can put money in you are losing funds.  One recent study found that churches that don’t pass the plate raise on average 15% less than churches that do pass the plate. I find it interesting that one […]

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5 Reasons Why Churches Are Struggling to Meet Their Budgets

5 Reasons Why Churches Are Struggling to Meet Their Budgets

Giving is declining and to reverse this trend you need to know the 5 reasons why churches are struggling to meet their budgets.  It is true that last year giving to religion actually increase by just over 1%.  Yet the trends overall the last twenty years shows that giving to the church as a percentage of American’s disposable incomes is dropping.  At that current rate of decline by the year 2050 Americans will only give 1% of their disposable incomes to the Church.  At that point in time hundreds and thousands of churches will go out of business.  Why is […]

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Why Big Food’s Trouble Could Be Your Trouble

Why Big Food’s Trouble Could Be Your Trouble

Big Food is in big trouble.  That is the opening sentence to a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “So Long, Chef Boyardee: Old Food Brands Struggle.”  The subtitle sums up the article when it says, “Big firms were slow to address threats of fresher fare, low-cost knockoffs.”  The article then says, “The makers of staples including Chef Boyardee canned pasta and Hamburger Helper meal kits failed to spot the threat and didn’t innovate in time.”  It is a fascinating article and worth the read.

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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!

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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Half Time Analysis

Half Time Analysis

Think of the next few weeks as half time.  I say that because we are now in the last week of the first half of the year getting ready to start the second half.  July marks an important time of the year for you in terms of analyzing how giving is going.  This is important in helping you develop a plan of action for the remainder of the year.

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