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People will stop giving to your church. Chances are, you’ve felt slighted or dismayed when you learned that someone you thought was a lifelong supporter has stopped giving. When this happens, what do you do?  What should your response be? Here are five suggestions… #1 – Check on them. When …

Most churches need more leaders. And most churches say they have tried everything — from preaching to asking to begging, not to mention trying all the ideas from the last online summit you attended. If nothing seems to be working, this is for you. (Fair warning though…you’re not going to …

What are the most important things your church does? Out of all the programs, ministries, and special events, which ones make the most impact? These are important questions. Asking and answering them is tough. Making adjustments based on the answers is even tougher. But this exercise can make a world …

You’re so grateful for every volunteer who serves in your church. But feeling thankful and saying thanks are two different things.  And unexpressed gratitude often comes across as ungratefulness. But how can you say thanks and appreciate your church volunteers when you don’t have a large budget? Here are some …

What does a financially healthy church look like?  While all churches are different and serving in unique contexts, here are some best practices. Like with all numbers, they are a guide based on general best practices and may need to be adapted for your church. A common fitness metric would …

As a young pastor, one of my mentors was adamant about the value of never knowing what people give. He often stated that he had no clue about individual giving patterns and no idea what people give. For him, it was a matter of principle. Treat people with the grace …

When it comes to generosity, it’s always appropriate and it’s nearly impossible to overdo appreciation. The people who are financially supporting the mission of your church need to hear “thank you.” There are at least two categories where appreciation should be intentionally delivered: First Time Gifts: I’d also put unusual …

You may have heard that 80% of the church budget is funded by 20% of the givers.  Or maybe you’ve heard that only 20% of people in your church financially contribute to the budget. You can check your numbers, but Pareto’s Principle will likely hold true in your church.  Some …

I had the opportunity to hear a Haven research presentation as they were preparing to launch a nationwide campaign called HeGetsUs.com.  They conducted 5,000 online interviews in the spring of 2021, with respondents breaking down into these four categories. Non-believers – 16% Skeptics – 24% Cultural Christians – 30% Engaged …

A job description can feel like a compliance exercise; something that you have to have in order to recruit and onboard a new employee. After that, the job description often gets tossed to the side or thrown in a dusty drawer never to be touched again.  Remember when you were …

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