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4 Steps For Increasing End of Year Giving

4 Steps For Increasing End of Year Giving

Are you prepared for the two minute warning when it comes to increasing your giving?   If you are a football fan then you know what the two minute warning is.  In professional football it is when the official stops play to tell the coach there are two minutes left in the game.  The difference between winning and losing often comes down to which team preforms the best in those last two minutes.   Winning teams have set two minute drills they run which they practice repeatedly throughout the year. How important is the fourth quarter?  Ask the Atlanta Falcons that question!  […]

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I Cannot Let That Woman Die…

I Cannot Let That Woman Die…

“I cannot let that woman die…”  That was the opening line of an end of year appeal I helped a church craft a few years ago.  It was a captivating opening for a compelling end of year offering for an incredible need.  The success of the offering was in how we crafted the appeal. In this blog I want to talk to you about how to set the stage for a successful end of year appeal.  The following will give you key points for working on the message of your end of year appeal. Let’s start now to assure a […]

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How to Make Giving Easy

If you are going to be fully funded you must know how to make giving easy.  Why?  Because the easier you make it for people to give the more likely it is they will give. Commerce in America has changed drastically.  The Wall Street Journal recently stated, “American consumers used cash in 32% of all retail transactions in 2015, down from 40% in 2012, according to the Federal Reserve’s most recent survey of payment choices.”  Yet for many churches passing an offering plate or basket is the only way in which people can give.  Amazingly, we are using a tool devised […]

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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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  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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