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Accepting and Honoring Memorial and Legacy Gifts

Most churches have a policy and/or committee that accepts memorial, legacy and honor gifts. Many times, this policy has been around for...

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What Now?

As it does every spring, my phone has been ringing lately with calls from worried pastors. Easter has passed and all their thoughts now...

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Is Your Church in Sync with the Science of Generosity?

Did you know there is science behind generosity? We’re not talking about analytics – i.e., “x” amount of outreach produces “y”...

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Stewardship, Service and Significance in the Second Half of Life

In recent years, we’ve been hearing our church members ask questions like these: “Can I afford to retire?” “What do I need to do to...

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The Third Pocket: Planned Giving

This is the month to take a hard look at how your church is marketing for planned gifts. Yes, marketing! All churches are happy to receive...

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Start Your Annual Campaign with A Spiritual Walk, Not Money Talk

It’s time for you to begin your annual campaign. It’s April and you need to get ready now. But how can this be? Most of you...

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Giving to Your Church Made Easier

This is the time of year for those over age 70½ to manage their required distributions from IRAs and other tax-deferred accounts. And...

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How to Put the Pizzazz Back into Offering Envelopes

I know what you’re probably thinking: Offering envelopes aren’t exciting. And you might be wondering if anyone still uses them. The...

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Caring or Calculating: Can Churches Learn from the Corporate World?

Thousands of churches close their doors every year for varying reasons — societal changes, demographic shifts and economic upheaval such...

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How to Inspire Outrageous Generosity by Simply Saying “Thank You”

The number of church leaders I engage with who have no process for saying “thank you” to those who contribute to and support local...

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