By Joe Garecht Most faith-based organizations rely on supporters to fund their work. Many organizations of faith don’t think of their supporters as “donors,” though; churches and dioceses think about “members,” while religious schools think about “students,” “families” and “alumni.” Other faith-based organizations talk about “donors,” but wonder about how to solicit donations while still honoring their higher calling. […]Read More >
While many church plants are simply trying to make it week to week, Shoreline Church in Knoxville, Tenn., leveraged new ways of thinking to eliminate the guesswork for funding ministry. Through data & analytics, Shoreline developed a plan that resulted in a $653,000 one-day offering. It also laid the foundation for a culture of generosity. […]Read More >
Pursuant, Dallas, TX, a fundraising agency, announced their acquisition of TouchPoint Software, LLC, a Memphis, Tennessee web-based church management software system, as of January 1, 2017. TouchPoint provides a church management software system for mobile devices and computers. The software solution was developed by founder and lead developer, David Carroll, as a way to help […]Read More >
Is your church following the three “S”s of online giving?
More and more churches are realizing that online giving is more than a passing fancy. Even so, there’s a big difference between throwing a PayPal button onto a forgotten corner of your website and providing a functional, user-friendly giving experience — one that actually makes it easier to give.Read More >
ExperienceChurch.tv® in Puyallup, WA, isn’t afraid of technology. Early adopters of live streaming (hence, the .tv), digital child check-in and more, Senior Pastor Dennis Cummins and his team embrace tools and technologies that simplify processes and free up resources for ministry. Mobile giving, then, was a natural fit.Read More >
Funding ministry is likely the most complex part of your role as a church leader. Changing attitudes around giving and involvement don’t help; tithing and weekly attendance is no longer considered normal. These shifts are making it harder and harder for you to fully fund your vision.
It can seem impossible.
Yet, many church leaders are beginning to learn that working smarter, not harder, is the way to discover your path to developing a culture of stewardship in your church.Read More >
As I read the Puget Sound Business Journal a few months ago — in print, I might add — I stumbled across an article titled, “7 ways to make a real connection and realize a real return on that sponsorship.” The author, Adam Worchester, made seven points about how corporate non-profit sponsors can motivate their employees to form a deeper bond with the cause they’re supporting.
I found the advice to be spot-on, so I decided to “steal” Worchester’s seven points and rewrite them specifically for churches. What follows are the seven best practices for reaching your church’s budget goals.Read More >
Did you know that everyone with a mobile phone — even if it’s not a smart phone — has access to SMS (text) messaging? And, virtually everyone knows how to use it.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >