We recently spoke with Dr. Ike Reighard—Senior Pastor of Piedmont Church in Marietta, GA—about how they were able to revive Piedmont Church when it was on the brink of closing its doors due to a $600,000 HVAC repair, mildew infested carpets, and a large facility in need of repair. Here’s the full interview: In the…

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Benjamin Franklin has a famous quote that goes something like this: “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”  One of the biggest mistakes people make with their personal finances is not planning for an unexpected emergency. That’s why the first “baby step” in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program is creating a $1000 emergency fund.…

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Are you experiencing one of the deadly sins of church fundraising? Church leaders are often baffled as to why people don’t give as faithfully and consistently as they should to their church. After years of studying this and watching churches that are funded become more funded and churches that are broke become more broke, I…

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I used to work in an organization where my co-workers and I were always coming up with new ideas. If you walked around our office or sat in one of our staff meetings, you’d consistently hear phrases like: “We should try this.” “We should create a new system.” “We should send this new email.” “We…

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On April 27, 2011, 212 tornadoes ripped through Alabama, tearing the state apart. The damage was disturbing. One of the places affected was my hometown of Pleasant Grove. The street where I grew up was turned inside out. I later learned that the twister was an F-5, the biggest possible. I said to myself, “I…

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When natural disasters strike, I get a lot of messages. People text me, tweet me, Facebook me, email me, etc. At some point in the message or conversation, I inevitably read this phrase: “Somebody should raise money for these people in need.” Honestly, I think most people are hoping that I’ll raise the money. And…

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The #1 issue that every church, big or small, has to address with accuracy, sensitivity and timeliness. In our culture, we live in a “wait until I have to do it” mentality. That’s the same way you should view your givers. However, there are some things you can do to make sure giving isn’t TOO…

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In most churches 20% of the people do 80% of the work, which often means…20% of people give 80% of the income. If you want more people to give start by thanking the people who already give. Here is what one giver confessed: I am a frustrated giver.  That is what I am.  For context,…

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