Journal

Thought Leadership on Church Giving and Financial Stewardship

Put Online Giving in Your Church Announcements Every Week

Put Online Giving in Your Church Announcements Every Week Does including your online giving option in your church announcements every week feel like too much? Does it overemphasize giving? Will people feel like you’re shoving an obligation down their throats? Doesn’t everybody already know about this? Consider these 3 reasons to always mention online giving in your church announcements:  1.…
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How Much Does PayPal Take Out of Donations?

How Much Does PayPal Take Out of Donations? When churches wonder about using PayPal for their church’s online gifts, one of their concerns is PayPal’s donation transaction fees. That’s a legitimate concern, so let's take a look. It turns out there may be more to PayPal than meets the eye. PayPal Donation Transaction Fees Transaction fees constantly fluctuate, but here…
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The Top 2 Questions to Ask When Exploring Giving Online Church Solutions

The Top 2 Questions to Ask When Exploring Giving Online Church Solutions Navigating options for giving online church solutions is not easy. There are so many available platforms! From the outside looking in, it can feel impossible to compare apples to apples. And even if you could, software is inherently a mystery to the non-tech-savvy. For example, you may not…
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4 Ways an Executive Pastor Can Help Grow Giving

4 Ways an Executive Pastor Can Help Grow Giving As churches approach the 1000-member mark, many began to see the need for an Executive Pastor to help carry the load. And what a load it is! According to Executive search firm Vanderbloemen, a good Executive Pastor manages these extremely important church functions (Source): Staffing Finances Strategic planning Daily operations Ensuring…
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8 “Giving” Bible Verses for Growing a Generous Spirit

8 "Giving" Bible Verses for Growing a Generous Spirit If growing a generous spirit in yourself or your church is a goal, these 7 giving Bible verses reveal interesting dynamics about giving. They indicate the need for us to dig deeply into our own motives and expectations about why and how we give: The Rewards of Giving Many giving Bible…
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How to Keep Donors Engaged

How to Keep Donors Engaged In today’s busy world and even busier online landscape, it’s not easy to know how to keep donors engaged. There has never been more competition for your givers’ attention and more easy-to-find, worthy recipients for their generosity. But it's worth the effort. Organizations that keep donors engaged tap into a wealth of charitable giving. In…
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Why Churches Should Offer (& Promote) Scheduled Giving

Why Churches Should Offer (& Promote) Scheduled Giving Scheduled giving, one of the most powerful aspects of online giving, is a digital feature in most online giving platforms. Also called "recurring giving," it allows givers to pre-schedule their gifts at the frequency and amount of their choice. The gifts automatically transact according to the schedule with no additional involvement by…
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How to Write a Church Fundraising Letter

How to Write a Church Fundraising Letter Every church wants to start the new year off financially strong, and an annual fundraising letter can be a valuable part of the strategy.   Here are 8 tips for writing an effective fundraising letter: Follow fundraising best practices Decide on a focus: Is your letter’s focus going to be general fundraising? Or…
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What is the definition of “Steward” in the Bible?

What is the definition of "Steward" in the Bible? The definition of steward in the Bible lends itself to the idea of an “overseer” or "manager" over someone else's matters.   In Genesis 15:2, the original Hebrew word for “steward” is `al bayith, which literally means "man over the house." (Source) During Bible times, most notable households would have had…
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The App Among Church Apps: PocketPlatform

The App Among Church Apps: PocketPlatform For some time, we’ve been wary of church mobile apps (we wrote about it here, here, and here.) We had solid reasons for not jumping on the church app bandwagon. First, the cost. Second, the upkeep. And finally, the evidence of under-utilization by church members. We also knew that for most users, a mobile-friendly…
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