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Five Ways to Counteract the Summer Giving Slump

Five Ways to Counteract the Summer Giving Slump

For most churches, summer vacations bring a dreaded trend: Attendance wavers more than usual and giving declines. And with the exception of the most mature givers, people simply don’t make up that giving when they return. The result? We lose valuable ministry revenue....

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Giving Metrics Matter

Giving Metrics Matter

As church leaders, we like our numbers, don't we? One of the first questions we ask one another is, "How many people attend your church?" We love learning how many people came to our Christmas and Easter gatherings. We get excited when a long-planned community event...

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How Tax Reform May Impact Giving to Your Church

How Tax Reform May Impact Giving to Your Church

As 2017 came to a close, one topic seemed to dominate the headlines: tax reform. As news of sweeping changes made its way from Capitol Hill to Facebook, assumptions were touted as truth, and opinions spawned heated arguments. Personally, I began receiving emails from...

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A Pep Talk for Church Communicators

A Pep Talk for Church Communicators

I've partnered with churches for more than 15 years, and I've learned a lot about what it takes for a church to disciple people well and make a difference in their community. Without a doubt, church communicators play a significant role in their church's...

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Establishing a Culture of Legacy Giving in Your Church

Establishing a Culture of Legacy Giving in Your Church

A study from Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects that charities are forecast to receive more than $6 trillion from final estates between 2007 and 2061. This is great news for your ministry. If, that is, your church is among those charities. But...

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How to Thank Givers

How to Thank Givers

Not all thank yous are created equal. When it comes to thanking people for their charitable contributions, your approach matters. This isn't the first time I've written about the value of saying thank you. I talk frequently about the importance of sharing stories to...

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Normalizing Conversations About Money Through Small Groups

Normalizing Conversations About Money Through Small Groups

Many pastors feel uneasy about bringing up the topic of money. You might get brave enough to talk about it during November as part of an annual "giving campaign," and you'll preach four or five money-themed messages (in a row!) during a building project every few...

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Three Steps to Ensure a Successful Year-End Giving Appeal

Three Steps to Ensure a Successful Year-End Giving Appeal

In 2016, people gave $390 billion to charitable organizations, a record level for the third year in a row. According to the most recent data available, online giving is growing at more than four times the pace of overall giving, and data shows 31% of online...

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Important Dates for Year-End Giving

Important Dates for Year-End Giving

Year-end giving is a big deal. According to recent data, 31% of annual charitable giving occurs in December, with 12% of donations given during the last three days of the year. Why is that? Surely it's because of your inspired preaching during the Advent season,...

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