Why Your High-Capacity Donors Aren’t Giving More

Every church has high-capacity donors. Depending on the size and location of your church, you may define who qualifies as a high-capacity donor differently. Not only are they already present in your church, it’s also likely they aren’t being inspired to give at their... read more

10 Ways to Effectively Thank Your Donors

Saying Thank You Giving is an outward expression of an inward commitment. When someone gives to your church, it is a sign of personal and spiritual growth. You want to honor and celebrate that in the same way you might celebrate a milestone with friends and family.... read more

How to Avoid Making an Awkward Financial Ask

You Are Not Alone. Avoiding the Awkward Ask. If the thought of asking someone for money makes you feel awkward or uncomfortable, you’re not alone. There is a general reluctance among church leaders to talk about money. But you shouldn’t let reluctance keep you from... read more

4 Disturbing Trends Behind the National Decline in Church Giving

Church Giving Realities Charitable giving has consistently risen from less than $150 billion to more than $400 billion in the US over the last 40 years. Yet, last year individual giving fell by 3.4%, charitable giving fell by 1.7% (inflation adjusted), and sadly,... read more

How to Talk About Money and Ministry in Church

Talking about Money and Ministry Giving to religion fell 3.7% (inflation adjusted) in 2018* as people continue the trend of shifting giving away from the church to other non-profit organizations.  How we talk about money and ministry in the church is one of the... read more

Why Shifting Your Fiscal Year is a Next Level Generosity Best Practice

Shifting Your Fiscal Year By shifting their fiscal year away from the traditional calendar, an estimated 40% of vital churches have become better equipped to manage ministry funding. In most churches, up to a third of yearly income is received in December.  In the... read more

Three Prescriptions for Curing a Scarcity Mindset

Do you hear things like, “Money is tight! We need to tighten our belts?” Or “People are giving all they can. We can’t ask them to do more?”   If the answer is yes, then your church may be afflicted with a scarcity mindset.   In... read more

What Church Leaders Need to Know About New Giving Trends

Ten years ago, in Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, I voiced my concern that giving to religion, as a share of overall giving, had fallen significantly over the last several decades and was half of what it once was. At the time, the giving trends indicated that... read more

The Top 5 Ways To Accidentally Reduce Church Giving

In my over forty years of ministry, I have never heard a pastor say he/she has more money than the church needs. I have certainly found pastors who shared that their people were very generous or that they had out-given their budget, but never that they had too much.... read more

Are you Ready to Lead “A Generous Life”? (An Excerpt from A Generous Life)

Eyes Wide Open by Scott McKenzie The Village Inn in Malawi, Africa, provided attacking wolf spiders, bats, bed bugs, holes in the ceilings, broken bathroom fixtures, and all the cold water you could use—free of charge. Most of us on the mission team “stayed alert with... read more

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Why Your High-Capacity Donors Aren’t Giving More

Every church has high-capacity donors. Depending on the size and location of your church, you may define who qualifies as a high-capacity donor differently. Not only are they already present in your church, it’s also likely they aren’t being inspired to give at their...

10 Ways to Effectively Thank Your Donors

Saying Thank You Giving is an outward expression of an inward commitment. When someone gives to your church, it is a sign of personal and spiritual growth. You want to honor and celebrate that in the same way you might celebrate a milestone with friends and family....

How to Avoid Making an Awkward Financial Ask

You Are Not Alone. Avoiding the Awkward Ask. If the thought of asking someone for money makes you feel awkward or uncomfortable, you’re not alone. There is a general reluctance among church leaders to talk about money. But you shouldn’t let reluctance keep you from...

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