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In current church giving trends, 15% of the church will donate roughly half of the church’s budget, and that percentage tends to drop the larger the church. In addition, half of that 15% will donate half of the capital campaign dollars. This small segment of donors are critical for the success of any fundraising campaign or meeting a church budget.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1! Why this story matters for church leaders: Finances are a day to day challenge for churches, so understanding the general trends of giving in most churches will save you time and help you focus your time and communication.
  • Ministry Focus vs. Communication Focus: While a church should seek to minister to those in need, the relatively small group of donors who provide the majority of the funds will need more communication about how their donations are used.
  • Church Growth Vs. Donor Growth: As your church grows, that small percentage of major donors will tend to grow proportionally and may even decrease.
  • Planning Capital Campaigns: Major donors will tend to cover even more of your costs for a capital campaign, which means that successful campaign tends to depend on communicating with a few key donors.
How does this story impact your communication with donors? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

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Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

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Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

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We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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A recent survey found that 29% of pastors have no funds in savings. In addition, only 14% have received financial training in seminary and only 38% had financial training in college. Only 23% are completely confident in managing their finances, while 46% are confident in managing their church finances.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1!   Why this story matters for church leaders: Half of the pastors today could face a difficult financial situation and may need to make changes if they want to support their families in the future.
  • Are you above or below average? About half of pastors make over $50,000 and have congregations over 100 members, but will membership declines put their salaries into jeopardy?
  • Do you have money saved? The majority of pastors are struggling to save, 29% have no savings and 46% have less than $20,000 saved. What changes can you make to increase your savings now?
  • A secret problem. Only 5% of pastors have confided with a staff member about their financial worries. Are there ways to have better conversations about this?
Are there conversations you need to have with your family or church elders about your financial stability and its impact on your ministry?
Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.  
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Whether churches are large or small or have old or young members, online giving and automatic fund transfers are becoming important ways to collect the offering. Some churches pass out cards that members can drop in the offering plate to indicate that they gave online. Most importantly, make it clear that members can set up automatic gifts, can donate from their IRA’s, or donate to the church through their wills.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1!   Why this story matters for church leaders: Giving is below budget or just barely covering costs for the majority of churches in America, so each congregation needs to maximize giving opportunities.
  • A Plan for Planned Giving: When looking at your church’s long term financial situation, consider offering materials on planned giving through a will or other legacy gift. These can prove helpful in the future.
  • Giving Beyond Cash: Many members of your congregation may hold stocks and bonds that could be donated today or signed over to the church in the future. Offer a wide variety of ways to give.
  • Small Churches Receive Donations Like Large Churches: Small churches that have set up clear, effective online giving pages are proving that you don’t have to be a large church in order to benefit from online giving programs.
How can your church offer more giving opportunities to members? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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Churches have seen their budgets drop by an average of $25,000 in the past five years, and those who claimed financial difficulty has increased from 8% in 2000 to 16% in 2015. However, churches remain spiritually vital by minimizing conflict, using bi-vocational pastors, sharing inspirational worship, and focusing on the programs/ministries they do best rather than offering a wider variety.
Click here to read the full story. Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1! Why this matters for church leaders: As budgets trend downward for churches, efficiency and cutting costs are more important than ever.
  • A Stable but Stagnant Economy: While the economy is no longer in a recession, employers have not raised wages for the most part, preventing most workers from increasing their tithes since the high point of the recession in 2010. Church budgets overall have yet to recover from the recession.
  • Saving Costs on Staff: Bi-vocational pastors have increased. Full time pastors dropped from 71% of churches in 2010 to 62% of churches in 2015. Churches will need to rely on more volunteers and ministers who have side jobs in order to meet their budgets.
  • Focus on Healthy Spirituality: Minimal conflict and a greater focus on ministry distinguishes a vital church from a struggling church. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the churches focused on ministering to others have less time to bicker over finances!
What are the key takeaways from this study on spiritual vitality for your church? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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In 20% of Protestant churches their offerings declined in the past year, while a third failed to meet their budget. Among those who were surveyed, 13% shared that the economy had improved giving in their congregations. This shortfall of 32% is better than 2010 when 46% of churches reported that they failed to meet their budget. Larger churches tended to meet their budget more often than smaller churches.
Click here to read the full story. Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1! Why this matters for church leaders: As you track giving and plan for future expenses, general trends can help keep your church in the black this year.
  • Shortfalls and Positive Trends: Although 32% of pastors reported that giving had fallen short of their projected budgets this year, the overall trend is positive, as 80% of pastors said the economy had hurt their churches in 2010, but that dropped to 56% in 2014.
  • Financial Security Is Hard to Find: Only 26% of churches exceeded their budget, meaning that the majority of churches are living on the edge financially with limited capacity to build up savings.
  • Planning for Shortfalls: If you’re among the 32% of pastors who saw a shortfall or the 39% who landed right on target, take some time to establish contingency plans if there are unanticipated declines in giving or unexpected expenses that add strain to your budget.
How can your church better insulate itself from the ups and downs of the economy? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
logo_ministry_cSave Time. Lead Better.  Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.

Save Time.

Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

Our Commitment.

We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.  
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Parts of the country get hit with hug snowstorms each winter.  Some places get over three feet of snow. For churches that are not able to meet on the weekend, that means a week without an offering. And if your church is close on it’s budget… this can be a HUGE deal. Is there something you can do about it? Mark Brooks shares some thoughts: Is there anything you can do?  Yes!  The following are some key ideas you can do right now to make up the loss of a cancelled service.  I recommend the following…
  • Write a snail mail letter to all your donors asking them to this week send in their offering.  Include in the letter a postage paid stamp so that it is easy for them to send the offering back to you.  If you need help with that letter email me for a sample copy at Mark@TheCharisGroup.org
  • Send out an email blast today asking members to respond with a gift.  If you have online giving set up include a link to that portal so that they can easily make their gift.
  • Use your Social Media platforms to appeal to members to send in a gift this week.
Make the “ask” about maintaining ministry.  Don’t sound desperate.  Remember, guilt never works in the long run.  I would be saying something like, “The snow may have stopped our services but missions and ministry continues on here at Our Church.  This week we are continue our planning for (list some ministry initiative) that is why your faithful gift now means so much.” Respond to the immediate need now but plan for the future.  If you are a church in the Northeast you are simply trying to get past this crisis.  However, if I had a church in the Snow Belt I would have in place a set strategy for snow weekends.  It is not IF they will happen but WHEN.  So, have in place the basics you need. Here is my must have list of action items to prepare for the next blizzard…
  • Make sure you have an up to date data base of your members email addresses, Social Media contact information, etc.  You can’t send out an email blast if you don’t have an email data base!
  • Set up online giving!  If you have online giving you can immediately recoup any losses from a cancelled weekend of services.  If you need help setting this up see our website at http://charisgivingsolutions.com/
  • Have a snail mail letter already drafted and ready to send out.  You know the snow is coming why not send out a letter before it hits?
  • Have printed envelopes with a postage paid stamp printed on them.  Yon only pay the postage IF a member sends it back.  The key is to make giving easy for your members.  The easier it is to give the more likely they will give.
Read more here Just wondering.  If you’re in a part of the country that suffers from having to cancel services… how big of a burden does it put on your church’s cash flow and budgeting?  Do you usually make up the shortfall, or is it usually a longer-term hit? todd  
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Current Events, Current Events, Generosity, Ministry Briefing, Uncategorized
Check out this story from this week’s Ministry Briefing.
Minnesota’s largest church has gotten a lot larger — thanks to a $17 million contribution. Eagle Brook Church, which has six locations and 22,000 weekly worshipers, has confirmed that it has received the enormous donation. The gift was promised four years ago but not disclosed until the final payment was made this month.
Here are the highlights:
  • Eagle Brook Church, Minnesota’s largest church
  • $17 million gift from ONE donor!
  • The donor gave anonymously,  rare for such a large gift
  • Their annual budget is $21 million
  • Largest gift to one church in 2015 nationally
Click here to read the full story. Why it matters:
  • What would you do with a gift like this?
  • This gift came out of an intentional meeting with the lead pastor.
  • Who is there in your church that you should be ‘cultivating’?
  • How can gifts like this spur additional generosity?
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Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.

Lead Better.

Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

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We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.    
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