Analyze Church Giving Data for Transformation not Transaction

Churches track all sort of data (attendance, small group participation, % of attenders that volunteer in ministry, # of spoons in the church kitchen), but what does it all mean? Which data matters? I mean, REALLY matter. Church giving data is a powerful indicator of engagement. A wise man once told me that numbers do not give […]

Measuring the Wrong Stats: Free Throw Disparity

Excuses abound when teams lose games.  Even more so as we approach the NCAA tournament for men’s basketball.  Every game counts; and in a few weeks, a loss equals a trip home.  (To be fair, the NBA is no different.  NBA coaches will complain louder in April.) A couple of days ago, one coach went […]

Mobile Giving in Your Church (Guest Post from Kindrid)

This is a guest blog post from Leighton Cusack, a team member at Kindrid.   As many Pastors know the age of carrying around checkbooks and cash is over. Just as many people opt for a smartphone with YouVersion instead of physical Bibles, congregants are bringing their smartphones instead of checkbooks. So how do churches […]

When should my church become multisite?

Many churches are moving to a multisite strategy.  There is no reason to think your church is too small or too large or too (fill in the blank) to do a multisite strategy. Consider Evident Church in Chesterfield, Michigan. Lead Pastor, Josh Hossler, has been discipling a team of teachers to help give weekend messages for […]

Increase Online Giving from your Church Website

The church website is a prime piece of real estate.  Most potential visitors will investigate your website (and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram…) before they ever step on to your physical property, if at all. Your church members are going to search your website when they are looking for information about that event you announced […]

Church MultiSite Quick Hits

Many churches across the globe are discovering multi-site (via expansion and merger) as a viable means to reach more for the sake of Christ.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll take Monday morning posts to explore the world of multi-site and provide valuable insight. Today’s quick hit is to connect you to  Jim Tomberlin is […]

Generosity: precious and precarious

“If you can count 1,000 or 100,000 individuals who are engaged enough with you to be a current giver, be sure of this: that number is in flux, either growing or contracting.  You must never take for granted something as precious and precarious as thoughtful, generous engagement of individuals in the life of your organization… […]

What motivates high capacity givers?

I’ve opened the discussion of high capacity givers with a look at the fears pastors have and a few common reactions to those fears when it comes to engaging the generosity conversation.  I hope you join the discussion with comments about your experience. Let’s further the conversation by looking at the motivations of high capacity […]

Receiving the Offering at Church

Think about that space/time in your worship service called the offering.  What happens during that time? What about the offering is intentional?  Do you script it out ahead of time? Is the offering time where you have special music?  You think of this as “killing two birds with one stone”? Does the offering time mess […]

Pastors Facing the Fear of Money Conversations

Recently, I wrote about some reasons pastors fear engaging high capacity givers in generosity conversations.  Now, let’s look at some of the common reactions to those fears.  If you are a pastor, have you said this before: “It doesn’t really matter.  They’re going to do what they’re going to do.” “I don’t know what people […]