Should Pastors Know What Members Give?

Should Pastors Know What Members Give?

Should pastors know what members give?  Yes!!  There are few issues that cause more division and consternation than this issue.  Yet studies show that pastors who know the giving patterns of their members raise more money than those that don’t.  Yet many don’t want to be confused with the facts because they say… “I don’t want to know what people give because it might affect how I deal with them.” That is one of the stupidest statements any pastor or church leader can say.  It might be your value to NOT know but come up with a better line.  Why?  […]

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70% Price Reduction!

70% Price Reduction!

I am speaking at a conference this week and am offering them a huge discount on Giving365.  So, I am going to offer to everyone this special one time rate.  I have slashed membership to Giving365 with an over 70% price reduction!  Get a yearly membership to Giving365 for only $99 this week!  Buy it NOW for $99! $365.  That is what a yearly membership to Giving365 costed until today!  For a limited time I am opening up the membership window for a select few that read this.  For only $99 you can have a giving coach in your corner […]

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How to Make Up a Lost Offering Due to Weather

How to Make Up a Lost Offering Due to Weather

If you don’t know how to make up a lost offering due to weather cancellations you might not make budget this year.  The recent events of two hurricanes hitting our nation has increased our awareness of how weather can impact our lives.  What few think about, except perhaps your treasurer, how cancelling a service can impact whether or not you make budget this year.  The truth is many of your members will forget their normal gift to your church and will never make it up.  Thus every time you have to cancel a service due to snow, ice, hurricanes or […]

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Get Ready NOW for Bad Weather Weekends

Get Ready NOW for Bad Weather Weekends

As I write this Hurricane Irma is bearing down upon the east coast and scores of churches are cancelling services.  Churches in the hurricane corridor might laugh at those that battle snow but every fall they are faced with the possibility of losing several services.  Churches have standard cancellation policies for such events.  Amazingly very few if any have a plan in place to make up for the offerings that are lost.  Do you have an offering cancellation plan?  Are you ready if weather impacts your services?

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5 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now

5 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now

There are 5 easy steps you can take right now that can help you reverse any decline in giving!  Giving to the Church has been slowly declining year after year.  At the present rate of decline Americans by 2050 will only give 1% of their disposable incomes to the church.  If we don’t address this giving decline we are headed for perilous times. How Should the Church Combat This Decline? We all shake our heads about statistics like I have listed above.  Yet it does not have to be this way.  Not every church is seeing a decline in giving. […]

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Tithing Churches Raise More Money!

Tithing Churches Raise More Money!

Churches that teach the tithe always raise more money and do more ministry than churches who don’t.  A great case in point is my client Christ Church outside of Saint Louis.  They encourage their members to get their lives in sync by regularly attending worship, serving somewhere, being a part of a small group and tithing.  Their logo on the left sums it up, Worship + 2 and a tithe.  They set a high bar and guess what?  People rise to the occasion.  I just did their mid-year giving review and they are ahead of last year’s giving at this […]

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Does Ananias Serve on Your Finance Team?

Does Ananias Serve on Your Finance Team?

Does Ananias serve on your finance team?  Nearly every church in America has an Ananias or his wife Sapphira on their Finance Team.  You remember the story in Acts chapter five of Ananias and Sapphira.  They sold their home and pretended to give all the proceeds to the church.  They obviously told people they donated all the money when in fact they kept a portion of it for themselves.  They were putting on a show to impress people but it ultimately led to their deaths.  I thought of that passage after I received the following email… “We are a church […]

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