Dustin Cooper

How to Make the Offering About Love (An Offering Talk for Sunday)

Instead of simply calling the ushers forward, help your congregation understand deeper meaning and connection inherent in the offering time of worship. Use what I call an Offering Talk to connect the offering to the giver’s relationship to God. An Offering Talk... read more

How Canceling Services Actually Increased Church Giving

It is a source of angst for many pastors: a forecast of inclement weather scheduled to hit on a Saturday night or Sunday morning. Whether heavy snow, ice, hurricanes, major storms or brutal cold temperatures, pastors have to make the decision of whether to cancel... read more

Ways to Increase Donor Motivation

172   That is how many times I have donated blood. My first donation was through a blood drive when I was in college. It was a relatively painless experience and home-made cookies were offered as motivation! I started donating after that, but for years I did so... read more

4 Reasons People Choose Not to Give and What to Do About It

“I have some good news and bad news.  The good news is the church has enough money to pay its bills.  The bad news is that money is still in people’s pockets.” This preacher joke isn’t new, and neither is its message. Not many people in your church are giving.... read more

4 Reasons People Aren’t Giving and What to Do About Them

“I have some good news and bad news.  The good news is the church has enough money to pay its bills.  The bad news is that money is still in people’s pockets.” This preacher joke isn’t new, and neither is its message. Not many people in your church are giving.... read more

Inviting Generosity – Giving Beyond the Needs of the Church

Actual overheard conversation #1 from one man to another: “You should join the Lion’s Club.  We really need you to help us with our projects.” Actual overheard conversation #2 from an older church member to a first-time visitor in her 20’s: “We need more young... read more

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