Help your people relate to money all year long

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Stewardship is about far more than one or two Sundays a year. It is not simply supporting the budget.

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Eight common money questions pastors ask

Because my background lends itself to such interaction, I have informally counseled hundreds of ministers about financial matters. In addition to a business degree with a double major in finance and economics, I served as a corporate banker before answering God’s call to vocational ministry. I have been a pastor, ...
February 27, 2014   Thom Rainer

Christian CEOs: Don’t settle for giving money

Leadership Principle #48:  The best kind of corporate giving is when it’s part of your strategic model and not simply an investment in positive PR.    “They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.”  – Gal. 2:10In 1789, young William Wilberforce forfeited ...
February 03, 2014   Tom Harper

Four secrets for enjoying your stewardship campaign

Are you in the middle of your annual stewardship campaign? Are you having a good time? Sometimes budget woes, a history of conflict about money, or a pastor’s reluctance to ask people to give can make this time of year a little grim. Or the busyness of the fall start-up ...
October 23, 2013   Margaret Marcuson

5 things we need to repeatrepeatrepeat...

As we age, we often repeat ourselves, but I’ve been doing this since I was about twenty! Call it a fixation, or whatever you like, but, in the church, certain statements should be incessant. Our church is NOT successful because we have more people than another church!  So, let’s say ...
August 07, 2013   Doug Lawrence

Have you made the same mistakes about church finance that I made?

I've been thinking about the mistakes I made about money when I was a pastor. Here are ten. Being afraid to talk about money. Early in my ministry this was the area I struggled with most. I was anxious about stewardship and the budget process, and avoided money talk when ...
July 25, 2013   Margaret Marcuson

Talking about church stewardship all year long

What if churches engaged in a practice of year-round stewardship education and promotion? A little emphasis year round, rather than a few weeks once a year can help people grow in faith as they relate to their resources—and help develop greater support for the ministry of the church in the ...
June 21, 2013   Margaret Marcuson

Money Woes

Is is true that churches really don't have enough money? Let's rethink that assumption.
June 04, 2013   Don Ross

Facing Financial Facts at Church

What are the financial facts in your congregation? For example: What are the trends in giving and expenses? What is the giving pyramid – how many givers do you have at successive giving levels? What is the pace of income through the year – what percentage comes in during December ...
May 21, 2013   Margaret Marcuson

Online Giving: Is it right for your church? [Infographic]

Does your church experience a drop-off in tithes and offerings during the summer months when many members go on vacation? What about in the winter when some of your members head south to escape the cold? Have you ever had to cancel Sunday services because of a blizzard, a hurricane, ...
May 10, 2013   Tom Harper

10 “church-speak” job titles that leave me...well, “speak-less”

Is it me? Are we just trying to figure out ways to make people believe we’re not their grandmother’s church anymore? In a quick internet search of five of some of America’s largest congregations, I found an amazing array of staff titles that could require extensive counseling to understand.  Please ...
May 06, 2013   Doug Lawrence

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Church giving is a critical part of Christian discipleship. Financial concerns, budgeting, tithing, and offerings are all important parts of church life.