Don Smith

How to Demonstrate a Return on Investment to Your Donors

One of the most frequently cited reasons for making a charitable donation is the donor’s desire to make a difference in the world. People want to see their donations at work. Donors want to know their gift is making a difference, and they want to see a return on... read more

The Primary Indicator of Discipleship is Generosity

This month, the Horizons Blog will focus on “Generosity as Discipleship,” and highlight core philosophies and practices based on this principle. Are you failing to grow disciples? You will fail if you do not include  generosity in your teaching. If we, as the church,... read more

“Know Before You Go…” The Importance of Planning for a New Place of Ministry

I am a frequent traveler to the Holy Land. In 2016, I hosted my 17th tour to “The Land of Jesus” and look forward to returning in 2018. One of the ways I prepare first-time travelers for the pilgrimage is by creating a “Know Before You Go” document that provides an... read more

Contributions by Candlelight: 5 Things to Consider When Planning for the Christmas Eve Offering

Christmas Eve services are most often remembered for Carols, Candlelight and Communion. We may spend a lot of time and energy planning for these “c’s,” but what about “Contributions“? How much energy are we investing in planning for the financial gifts people are... read more

Coffee, Conversation and Connection – A Sustainable Strategy for Ministry

This is a season during which those who work for the church reflect on their ministry assignments and how they will work to accomplish it. Many will spend time considering these important questions: 1) How do I spend my time and with whom? 2) Who am I called to serve?... read more

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When to Hire a Capital Campaign Consultant

Hiring a Capital Campaign Consultant A capital campaign is a very important initiative in the life of a church. There is a lot at stake when a church chooses to take on a capital campaign effort. The thrill of being able to pay off debt or build your new sanctuary...

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....


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