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Announcing a FREE eGiving webinar by Horizons’ Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers is an author, church fundraising expert, and Vice President at Horizons. On Tuesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET, Richard will share his insights during his webinar, “eGiving is for every church.” Richard will discuss... read more

An Interview with Horizons’ Founder, Clif Christopher

Since its inception, Clif Christopher has been on the frontline in responding to Horizons’ clients about church capital campaigns. Providing timely and insightful counsel to pastors and lay leaders is at the heart of Horizons’ mission to guide churches on their... read more

How to Make Sure Your First-Time Donors Repeat Their Gift

The Law of Inertia states an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted on by an external force. The same tends to be true about church donors. Church members who do not contribute are challenging to inspire. When someone donates for the first-time, it is cause... read more

A Story of Faith and Transformation You Need to Know

Inspirational stories such as the story of Clarkston United Methodist Church, Clarkston, Michigan, provide encouragement, insights, and motivation. Their clear vision for ministry, hearts full of gratitude for God’s blessings, and willingness to follow... read more

How to Conquer Your Fear of the Ask

Most people are downright terrified to ask other people for money. Asking for money seems intrusive, awkward, impolite and uncomfortable. Asking for money can be intimidating, but changing your approach can make it easier—and even fun!   Here are 5 tips for... read more

Are Your Leaders to Blame for Poor Giving in Your Church?

Has your giving declined despite your best efforts? Are you frustrated by the inability of your church stewardship leaders to put together a strong annual giving program? The problem could be you have recruited the wrong people for the job. Here’s what to do.  ... read more

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Do You Know What Motivates People to Give?

Horizons is pleased to announce the launch of Giving Intelligence — a video series offering helpful advice from the Horizons team of generosity experts. Leading off is Horizons’ Founder, Clif Christopher, author of several books on giving including, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate and his most recent, God vs. Money.

 

Do you know why Americans choose to give to a specific cause?

As a church leader, are you appealing to your congregation based on these reasons?

 

In this first in a series, Clif identifies the three reasons why people say they choose to give. These reasons have important implications for churches, especially during these times of intense competition for charitable dollars. Click below to view the first Giving Intelligence series video.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Church This Year

The best gift you can give your church is a fully-funded vision!  If your church struggles to raise funds to accomplish your ministry goals, then Giving365 is for you! Horizons’ free subscription is the resource you’ve been looking for to grow church giving in 2019.

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Giving365 is a free subscription from Horizons Stewardship including blogs, ebooks, webinars and more! Subscribers receive bi-monthly blogs including information on best practices, the latest trends in giving, and helpful tools to use immediately to grow giving. In addition, Horizons’ team of Ministry Strategists will share their insights and expertise through a series of webinars. Make 2019 the most fruitful year in the life of your church. Register today for Giving365 by clicking on the Giving365 button above or on the Giving365 logo.

Sign up today to access the Giving365 vault. Don’t miss the opportunity to receive our latest ebook, “25 Big Ideas to Grow Church Giving” available early January 2019.

Where are People Meeting Jesus in Your Church?

I get all the effort made to engage donors … I really do!  That attention and work is important for the success of your mission and ministry.  People might be moved to donate a little something for a variety of reasons.  Baby steps, right?  Grow people where you can and as widely as you can. But, how do you develop stewards?

 

How do people move from being donors to being stewards?

 

That goal is not accomplished with a fund-raising or a data-mining strategy.  Please, I am not picking on good, intentional, data-smart, fundraising strategies … great stuff that everyone should be doing to open the doors.  But how do people move from donor-ism to stewardship?

 

Stewardship, I am convinced, is about a conversion experience –

not a moves management chart.

 

Stewardship is a leap of faith, not a next step in giving. Stewardship is a life change, not a habit adjustment.  Stewardship is a joyful expression, not a dutiful chore.  Stewardship is about the possibilities and potential in the world beyond myself.  Stewardship is a life-altering choice that changes perspective, priorities, and my fundamental definition of who I am.  So, how do you invite people to that place?

 

The story of Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10) speaks volumes here.  Find a bible and read the short story right now. Besides being a “wee little man,” Zaccheus was a sinner (welcome to the club) and, of all god-awful things, a political tool tax collector.  But he was curious about Jesus.  Jesus noticed Zaccheus and invited himself to dinner at Zaccheus’s home.  We do not know what they did or what they talked about (it is a very short story).  We do know that Zaccheus decided to radically change his life in some very specific and very real financial ways. Jesus had something to say about the radical changes Zaccheus made.

 

Jesus’s response was not, “Good job upping your pledge this year!”

Jesus’s response was, “SALVATION has come to this house today.”

 

Salvation – that is a really big deal (which stewardship follows as an expression)! Perhaps we have been missing a step in our stewardship strategies.  Perhaps we should also be focusing on how we provide the contexts and experiences leading people to exclaim that salvation has come to this house this day!

 

How do you get people to meet Jesus?

 

Not just to meet your church or your people or your programs or your fellowship, but to actually meet Jesus?  I am not trying to be terribly trite or ridiculously religious here; but I am asking an important question – how do you invite people to meet Jesus in your church?

 

Stewardship is a result of connecting meaningful, transformational, conversion experiences to a clear sense of missional purpose and personal action.

 

 

Where does that happen in your church?  In intentional small groups?  Through hands-on mission opportunities?  In deep relationships?  In being the very presence and body of Christ?  Probably not just in fantastic stewardship campaigns, awesome sermons, and cool programs.

 

I can help you raise more money.  I can help you clarify your mission and call to action.  I can help you to build trust and confidence.  I can help you be more successful in all of these areas. All worthwhile stuff!  But I cannot transform your life and make you a Steward.  I can not bring salvation to your house. Only a real encounter with Jesus can do that.  So, again, how are you (and we) helping your people to meet Jesus?

 

Mick Tune was a pastor for eighteen years and has worked as a consultant with churches across the country for more than twenty years. He is a partner with Doug Turner at Culture of Ready (a ministry partner with Horizons Stewardship) and the author of Wildering: Anyone’s Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness.

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