Since becoming an executive pastor in 2004, I've run several capital fundraising campaigns. I've had plenty of experience with them. I've also had the privilege of helping other church leaders with stewardship strategies and capital fundraising campaigns for their churches. I'm happy to say the last campaign I helped a church with went very well. They raised 120% of their goal over a 3-year period. I must add that … [Read more...]
How Much Is Enough When It Comes To Cash Reserves?
Determining The Amount Of Reserve Cash To Keep On Hand In The Church
I've been asked more than once over the years ... "How much does your church keep in reserve?" My answer? "It depends." I haven’t encountered a “standard” for cash reserves that works for everyone. As church leaders, we know that having a reserve is good, but we’re not in the money-saving business. We’re in the money-spending business (for the good of the Kingdom, of course). We have to spend money to accomplish … [Read more...]
Should Churches Require Their Staffs To Tithe?
Never Make A Rule You're Not Prepared To Enforce
Not long ago, the network of church leaders with whom I routinely communicate discussed the issue of staff member tithing. I was surprised by the number of churches that communicate it as an expectation of staff but don’t check to see if it’s happening. I have an old saying, “never make a ‘rule’ you’re not prepared to enforce.” I don’t know how you can tell your staff they are expected to tithe and not check to … [Read more...]
A Key Part Of The Church's Overall Donor Development Strategy
Does your church do "fundraisers?" You know, a table in the lobby raising money for this project or that? Or maybe a car wash to help pay for a student conference or something? Because of a desire not to be "that church" that always appeared to have its hand out, we did not where I served. As a fairly large church (I couldn't imagine how it was in a large church), we received many, many requests to raise funds for … [Read more...]
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