Chronologically incorrect: a new approach to engaging first-time givers

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I recently conducted a small Facebook test. Survey participants were asked to answer three questions about giving. Here’s what I found:
• 96% of people consider themselves to be generous
• 80% of those same people want to be more generous than they currently are
• 92% feel held back by a lack of money
These findings represent a strange tension between who we are, who we want to be, and our perceived lack that stands in the way.

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: How to effectively launch online giving

We are a check-less, cashless society. Yet, in 2011, Lifeway Research discovered that only 14 percent of churches offered online giving. Recent studies are showing that that number is increasing. Hopefully, yours is one of those churches that has implemented online giving.

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7 tips: how to inspire the joy of giving this season

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With more than one-third of all charitable giving happening at the end of the year, this is an important time for churches and ministries to double-check their stewardship practices.

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A real-life profile in generosity

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How one church increased its online giving from 6% to 14%

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Church Executive Roundtable: Church Lending & Finance (Part 2)

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This summer — at the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) annual conference — Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on two top-of-mind topics for church leaders: lending and finance.

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Church Growth Essentials: How Generosity Fuels the Big Picture

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Our first of three articles in this series — in the September / October 2014 issue of Church Executive — explains how heart transformation sets the tone for church growth. In this issue, we take a closer look at the role of generosity in church growth, viewed in the context of “Big Picture” thinking. To put this into perspective, we must first examine what motivates people to be generous.

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Creative & Proven Strategies: Preparation is a Game-Changer for Capital Campaign Success

What does true preparation look like leading up to the public-facing phase of a capital campaign? What does a financial roadmap look like? What’s something even churches who’ve done capital campaigns before DON’T know about preparation? How does church size affect the process? Capital campaign expert Paul Gage answers some key questions.

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Giving kiosks 101

Some giving kiosks — such as inLighten’s iGIVE model, above — offer an expanded set of utilities, such as allowing onscreen messaging when the kiosk is in idle mode, providing access to the church website, or enabling registration for events such as speakers series, special music events or mission trips.

According to the most recent Church Executive Reader Survey, 93 percent of churches still offer giving by offering envelope and collection basket.

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Driving sustained giving

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By RaeAnn Slaybaugh A solid, sustained giving base is crucial for any church. For the church, it implies a steady income stream, usually in the form of weekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly gifts. For members, sustained giving is a means by which they can easily and consistently support the churches they call home. Although sustained […]

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Church growth essentials: Understanding the “Big Picture”

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In the context of church growth, “big picture” thinking provides the framework for establishing, maintaining and improving church financial health.

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