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4 Ways to Take a More Meaningful Vacation

Taking a vacation over the summer offers us the opportunity for family time and hard-earned relaxation. But summer also offers a great...

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Not All Thank Yous Are Created Equal: 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...

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Take the Test: Is Your Church Ready for Asset-Based Giving?

Every year we see new trends — cars, fashion, technology — we even add new words to our vocabulary. Some trends are fleeting but others...

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The Top 5 Ways to Accidentally Reduce Church Giving

In my more than 40 years of ministry, I have never heard a pastor say he/she has more money than the church needs. I have certainly found...

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Five Reasons NOT to Launch a Traditional Church Capital Campaign

Congratulations! Your church is in a season of growth! But as a lead pastor or executive pastor, you’re aware of some space-related...

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When Enough Isn’t Enough

When it comes to how well your church’s needs and your congregation’s giving match up, members may genuinely believe you have enough...

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5 Things People Need to Know Before They Will Give

Your congregation has questions—big questions that go beyond basic bulletin announcements about the upcoming women’s retreat and small...

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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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