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Church Budgeting: Pain or Pleasure

(Previously seen on FactsandTrends.net) The church budgeting process does not rank high on the list of the most motivating and inspiring experiences in a minister’s life. Pastors will line up to deliver a message, shepherd the hurting, pray for the wayward, and lead the body forward. However, if a pastor lays awake at night dreaming […]
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Chasing Wrong Financial Goals

If I were to think through some of the more common personal financial objectives repeated in the church, I am pretty confident of a couple that would rank high on the list. Meaning that, if I were to list the most common financial goals that are often repeated across the nation in financial small groups, […]
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Why Fundraising is No Fun

Most pastors do not realize that the professional fundraising industry for churches began to strongly establish itself in the 1970’s with the founding of a few key firms. Today the foundation of the largest and most successful firms along with several smaller and individually operated groups still derive strategies from these initial firms. Even still […]
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When Saving Money Costs You

My whole life, I have been a saver. I dislike spending money, but I love to watch my savings grow. I have no problem gutting out a less convenient product or option just to save a few bucks. However, when it comes time to spend, I am not afraid to do it right. Because I […]
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5 Generous People

I have been reading through the Bible this year and journaling about all things generosity. It has been an amazing journey as I have learned about the generous nature of God and how faithful He is. I have also watched business leaders rise up with extreme generosity as well as seeing how life can easily […]
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When A Cash Flow Surplus May Not Be Good

I should probably start by making it clear that a baseline for me is for churches to experience a minimum of 10% surplus in revenue every year with 50% of the income arriving through digital channels. When a church is moving towards 20% surplus and 80% being received digitally, it gets real fun! However, I […]
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Discipleship Thoughts for Key Givers

Wherever I speak, teach, or coach on stewardship, the question of key donors always comes up. It typically revolves around a few topics like, what should and shouldn’t a pastor know about donations and issues of potential favoritism. It is definitely a touchy subject and one we need to shine a powerful light on. I […]
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Vision for a Stewardship Ministry

Stewardship ministries are quickly popping up across the country. Recently, I was at an event dedicated to the craft of stewardship with over 100 staff coordinators and volunteers. It was an exciting experience to see so many pioneers in the room. Stewardship ministries have several challenges to gaining lift. First, there are very few models. […]
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