Journal

Thought Leadership on Church Giving and Financial Stewardship

8 Bible Verses for Fall

8 Bible Verses for Fall If cooling temperatures and beautiful foliage turn your thoughts to God, you will enjoy reflecting on these Bible verses for fall. Autumn traditionally symbolizes a time of harvest and Scripture uses this celebratory season to give us spiritual insights: Changing seasons reflect God’s faithfulness "Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See…
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3 Reasons Every Church Should Offer Giving Online

3 Reasons Every Church Should Offer Giving Online Tools for giving online have been around for many years but, suddenly, nearly every church recognized the need for digital options. Why? Almost overnight, 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent church closures revealed the importance of offering a way to give when the doors are closed. Churches that could no longer meet in…
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How to Extend a Warm Church Welcome

How to Extend a Warm Church Welcome What makes a good church welcome? Most churches believe they are warm and friendly to visitors, but in truth, many miss the mark. A Visitor’s Church Welcome Checklist A friendly greeter at the door is a must, but it’s not enough. In fact, a church's welcome message starts much sooner than the front…
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What Does Tithing Mean?

What Does Tithing Mean? Tithe isn’t a common word in English vernacular, so it’s understandable to wonder just exactly what tithing means. Tithing Means Regularly Giving 10% The word tithe, first found in Numbers 18:21–26, is the Hebrew word for “tenth.” God’s people were told that part of their worship included giving 10% of everything they had “earned.” That’s their…
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Bible Promises Every Believer and Giver Should Know

Bible Promises Every Believer and Giver Should Know Bible promises are the life preservers of scripture. They comfort and give hope for the soul in times of trouble and discouragement. In fact, it’s likely that your favorite scriptures became favorites because of a promise they contain. 5 Bible Promises to Believers God keeps his promises: “Not one of all the…
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Why is Donor Stewardship Important?

Why is Donor Stewardship Important? Before we dive into why donor stewardship is important, let’s start with what it is. What is Donor Stewardship? Donor stewardship describes the intentional practice of building a relationship with givers. Why is this important? Because if we focus on giving apart from a person's overall engagement with their church, we're already on the wrong…
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Are Donation Processing Fees Tax Deductible?

Are Donation Processing Fees Tax Deductible? Givers can deduct charitable gifts to churches, but you may wonder if you can also deduct the donation processing fees. The simple rule for individuals says YES ... that is, if you received no goods or services in return. 100% of the amount you give as a gift, including donation processing fees, is tax…
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Why Give to the Church?

Why Give to the Church? For some, to give to the church is an act of worship. Some see it as tradition or a suggestion. Still others view it as an obligation. If you’re wondering whether you should give to the church, or why others do, consider these reasons believers give: The Basis of Giving to the Church We see…
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How Do You Thank a Donor? Include These 4 Tactics.

How Do You Thank a Donor? Include These 4 Tactics. How do you thank a donor? That's a great question because, unfortunately, it's not always done well. To begin with, thanking volunteers and givers sometimes falls to someone with the least amount of knowledge of the value of the gift. Second, rarely is there any guidance as to what makes…
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Do Churches Pay Credit Card Fees?

Do Churches Pay Credit Card Fees? If you’re new to online giving, you may wonder if churches pay credit card fees. The answer is YES … and sometimes NO. Here’s what we mean: When Churches Pay Credit Card Fees Anytime money is transferred with a credit or debit card, various entities involved in the transaction do charge fees. You don’t…
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