PHASE 4: Commitment

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For church leaders, preparing for a capital campaign “commitment service” is similar to football coaches preparing for the Super Bowl. Here, Paul Gage weighs in on how to maximize this giving experience.

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Proof that adding mobile giving won’t increase your church’s budget

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A few months ago, I sat down for coffee with a young executive pastor. He was technologically savvy, ambitious and full of positivity as his church had seen triple-digit growth in the last few years.

As soon as the topic of church software came up, his countenance changed.

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Hail Mary or holy moly: there’s got to be a better way to fund ministry

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Many church leaders have realized that data and technology provide new ways of thinking about how they can overcome their increasing financial challenges.

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Dollar’s dollars: restricted gifts and abandoned projects

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Televangelist Creflo Dollar recently came under fire for asking that 200,000 of his followers donate $300 each to buy a $60-million luxury jet for his use. In the wake of bad publicity associated with the request, it appears that he may have cancelled the campaign before reaching his goal. The problem is: What happens to money already collected?

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Phase 3: The Campaign

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In this series installment, Paul Gage spotlights the public phase of the process: the Campaign itself. It’s a critical time — and it requires plenty of prep work to get right.

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Church Management Software (ChMS) Forum: Your ChMS should grow WITH you

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People are already abandoning cash and checks in favor of debit and credit cards. And, the tools they’re using now could be obsolete in 10 years. So, choosing a ChMS that stays current with giving technology is crucial. By Mark Kitts Churches that employ alternative giving methods collect more contributions more consistently than those limited […]

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Church Management Software (ChMS) Forum: It’s all about integration

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Frankly, many churches have some form of online giving software already in place. So, the point isn’t just about having online giving or donation tools — it’s about maximizing all the benefits online giving can provide.

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The tension between technology and faith

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We wanted to dig more into the connection between faith, relevance and technology. So, we put together a short three-question study. We then administered this study to some of the 2,500 attendees of the Nazarene M15 Conference, held in Kansas City, MO, in February.

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A construction comeback!

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Time — and, of course, the Great Recession — have altered the ways church building campaigns are done. Here, several stewardship experts weigh in.

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How to engage first-time givers — new eBook Available

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In an insightful new eBook, “Creating a Culture of Generosity” series author Derek Gillette discusses how church leaders can engage and connect with these unique givers — in a way that builds a long-term relationship.

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