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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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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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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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Your 4th Quarter Will Determine if You Win or Lose

Your 4th Quarter Will Determine if You Win or Lose

When it comes to being fully funded, your 4th quarter will determine if you win or lose.  As we approach the start of another season of football we will once again see the importance of the fourth quarter.  How many games were won and lost in the 4th quarter last year?  If you are an Alabama fan or an Atlanta Falcon fan you know the impact of a bad fourth quarter.  Often a game is lost in the last 2 minutes.  Just as a football team can lose the game in the final quarter and seconds your church can miss […]

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Are You a Disconnected Pastor?

Are You a Disconnected Pastor?

When it comes to helping your church be fully funded are you a disconnected pastor?  I have found without exception that the lack of pastoral involvement in stewardship is the number one reason churches are failing to realize their potential in giving.  Few pastors take an interest in stewardship.  When they do give any time to stewardship it is often begrudgingly.  The vast majority of pastors simply ignore stewardship and the offering plate shows the neglect.  When it comes to giving and stewardship they are the disconnected pastor. Why are pastors disconnected from giving?  Here are a few of my […]

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Labor Day Giving Plan and 3 Steps To Take

4 Reasons Why You Need a Labor Day Giving Plan and 3 Steps To Take

There are 4 reasons you need a Labor Day giving plan and 3 steps to take now if you are to fill up your offering plates.  Don’t look now but summer is almost over.  Summer is typically one of the hardest times of the year to see giving stay strong.  It is also the most costly time for most churches with camps, mission trips and other initiatives taking a huge cut of your funding.  Then at the close of summer comes Labor Day, a three day holiday that could greatly impact your ability to be fully funded this year. Every […]

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4 Kinds of Church Leaders I Can’t Help

4 Kinds of Church Leaders I Can’t Help

There are 4 kinds of church leaders I can’t help.  I get asked a lot, “Can you help my church?”  My answer is, “It depends.”  There are some churches I can’t help and it has nothing to do with the church but its leadership.  In my nearly twenty years of helping churches I have sat at Joel Osteen’s dining room table talking giving strategies and sat with pastors running less than one hundred.  The size, denomination, lack of denomination, color, age demographic you name it I can help them.  Unless their leaders are the four kinds I can’t help. Here […]

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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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  Click to Get Started “As of the end of November, 2016 contributions were up 17% over the same period in 2015. We attribute much of this to your leadership!  I extol your praises, and the value of your services, at every Finance Committee meeting.”  Pastor Steve Heyduck Euless FUMC Euless, TX  “Our church, Westminster Presbyterian has been a subscriber to the Stewardship Coach for 2 years now, and Mark’s weekly insight has been instrumental in helping us increase our giving.”  Gerry McShane Church Administrator Westminster Presbyterian Church West Chester PA “Mark Brooks and Giving365 has helped me influence a […]

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