Did you know that 22 percent of charities’ yearly gifts come in the last two days of the year?
When tragedy strikes in the form of a fire, a flood or another natural disaster, a church leader is are forced to make decisions on the fly — often with little knowledge of the potential consequences. Let’s change that.
By Mark Brooks Recently, I had to tell a church they should delay the capital campaign planned for this spring. The reasons are many — and more than this space will allow. Suffice it to say that they weren’t in a position to raise the funds they wanted or needed. In fact, forging ahead with a […]
By Mark Brooks “Giving to religion is projected to decline in 2013!” You’ve probably seen those headlines, or something similar. Several studies are showing that while other sectors of charitable giving are slowly increasing, giving to religion is still lagging behind — and even seeing a continued decline. That’s not the kind of news you want […]
By Rob Cizek The vast majority of Christians came into a relationship with God before their 18th birthday. Churches that are serious about reaching people know this and want to take full advantage. Pragmatically, they see Christian schools as the single greatest opportunity to reach the most people in their community. This alone makes Christian education […]
If you don’t have an app for your church, you’re missing out on one of the key ways to communicate effectively with people today.
Recently, I had lunch with a pastor I’ve worked with for almost a decade, and he told me a story.
By Mark Brooks Giving to religion has been in a steady decline since 1968 — and the economy has little to do with it. Most church leaders either ignore this decline, or object to the conclusion that the economy isn’t the reason. However, consistent studies have shown that even during times of economic prosperity, […]
By Mark Brooks Americans have changed the way they do commerce. Sit at your local Starbucks or McDonalds, and you can see it. When was the last time you saw somebody writing a check? For that matter, how often do you see anyone paying with cash? More and more Americans are turning away from the […]
By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Each primary area of church insurance (property, liability, automobile and workmen’s compensation) bears lesser-known considerations. To help church leaders navigate them, here’s some expert advice from a handful of church insurance specialists: Melany Stonewall, corporate communications manager at GuideOne Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa Scott Figgins, vice president — underwriting at […]