Tuesday, October 21, 2014 13:31

Bless Others with Budget Surplus

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For some people, it’s been so long since they’ve seen a budget surplus they’ve forgotten what it is. Let me define terms. Surplus: The dollar amount you receive in undesignated giving to the General Fund by December 31 (or the end of your church fiscal year) above and beyond what the approved budget calls for.  [...]

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Invest in Long-Range Givers–Idea #10

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American comic, “Professor” Irwin Corey quipped: “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.”  When you think about your church and its stewardship direction, do you like where it’s going?  I hope so.  But if not, the good news is it’s not too late to change course!  Increasing giving at your [...]

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Teach Children and Youth to Give–Idea #9

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Teaching teens and children to be good stewards is critical for two big reasons.  One, discipling all God’s children, regardless of age, is part of the church’s responsibility.  And two, kids have a lot of money they should be taught to handle biblically. Let’s take the second reason first.  If you think kids in America [...]

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Communicate the Right Things to the Right People–Idea #8

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While you cannot over-communicate, you can give information to the wrong people!  You must consciously decide what information should be given to whom and choose the right channel for that communication. Make a list of all your church information channels.  Here’s a sampling to start your thinking: Website Bulletin Worship Service Verbal Announcements Pre-Worship Service [...]

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Send Giving Statements More Often–Idea #7

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Long ago I learned a key principle of communication:  You cannot over-communicate. As Bill Hybels puts it: “Vision leaks.”  Put differently, about the time you are sick of communicating and you can’t stand the thought of talking about it again, the average person is just beginning to get it. “It” may be vision.  “It” may [...]

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