Newsflash: We’re fast approaching the end of the year. You know, that most wonderful time of year. That season of thanksgiving and gratitude. That time of year when the spirit of so many things seem to be permeating season… Pumpkin spice and peppermint. Snowflakes and season’s greetings. The stress of a little too much time…

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One Essential Element to Effective Church Fundraising by Ben Crawshaw I meet with people all the time who tell me they need to raise some money. I ask them how much. They shrug. At that point, I realize they’re trying to grab a vapor. They’re reaching for a reality that doesn’t exist yet. In order…

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5 Steps to MUCH Better Fundraising by Keith Cook Do you know the #1 reason why people have trouble raising money? IT’S HARD. 🙁 There’s no way around it. It’s just straight up difficult and it’s hard for everyone. When I talk to pastors and ministry leaders about fundraising it’s like they are shocked that…

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  ABOUT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES TO INCREASE DONATIONS We are rapidly advancing in this digital age. Mobile phones have replaced landlines. Credit cards have replaced cash. Email has replaced the Postal Service. And we’ll continue to change. Changes in culture lead to changes in the church. Lyrics on a screen have…

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Broke Proof Church

YIKES! 86% of churches in America are at break-even or broke. Sobering statistic. That means that only 14% of churches collect more in tithes and offerings that their budget requires for operating. Twelve years ago, I was on staff at a church. Because I was responsible for the Sunday bulletin every week, I got to…

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“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving” – Amy Carmichael Carmichael hits a valid point, but we know that church giving is complicated, multi-faceted, and requires a balanced approach. Your church needs a budget to keep the doors open, but money is a difficult topic to talk about, both from…

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This review of Rocket Donations, our new online tithing platform, comes directly from Keyla Wright, who’s on staff at InSoul Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here she is with her team… This is her review of the product… Here’s a little insight.  We have been with Rocket nearly 4 years or so. When we initially…

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Discipleship involves helping people take steps towards Jesus. This includes helping them take steps financially. If you want to lead a financially healthy church, then you need an intentional strategy for turning tippers into givers, and turning givers into tithers. If you’re like most pastors, there’s a part of this that sounds uncomfortable. Perhaps you…

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Online tithing. As a leader, you see that it has the potential to increase giving, create donation predictability, and provide budget stability. But you must get buy-in and approval from your financial board, stewardship committee, or key leadership team. And that, my friends, is no walk in the park. It’s more like a trek through…

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