Giving What God Gave Us

In the parable of the talents – Matthew 25, verses 14:30 – three servants are given differing amounts of talents or money. Two take...

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Why A Vision-Driven Campaign Is Just Pretty Window Dressing

Vision-driven capital campaigns are all the rage, just like annual pledge drives and “Prove the Tithe” events were a generation ago....

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Choosing a Mobile Giving App

When people spend an average of three hours a day using their smartphones, offering congregations a mobile giving app is a smart choice....

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One Billion Dollars a Day

As reported by Giving USA, Americans gave away more than one billion dollars a day in 2015: $373.3 billion, to be exact. This was the first...

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An Outward Sign of an Inner Commitment

In the book Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, authors Christian Smith and Michael Emerson...

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The Dirty Little Secret of Campaign Consulting

If you’ve been a pastor for any length of time, you’ve likely led your church through a capital campaign. It’s a special time filled...

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Should A Pastor Know How Much Members Give?

To know or not to know … that is the question. When I was a pastor in the 1990s, it seemed there was a fairly common understanding...

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Black Philanthropy Month Important to All of Us

There are countless reasons to pay attention to the designation of August as Black Philanthropy Month. It serves as a wake-up call for some...

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Four P’s for Building a Firm Foundation

My son is into Legos right now. Plays with them all the time. They’re strewn all over the house. My wife and I even have the sore...

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Making Stewardship a Priority

Many pastors move and many churches receive a new pastor this time of year. Most experienced pastors have a routine they like to follow...

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