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Put the pizzazz back into offering envelopes

Put the pizzazz back into offering envelopes

I know what you’re probably thinking: Offering envelopes aren’t exciting. And you might be wondering if anyone still uses them.

The truth is, offering envelopes are an incredibly effective tool to prompt a response from your donors. Don’t believe me? Then why do the largest nonprofits and even direct marketers use envelopes and response cards in their mailbox communications with donors, supporters, clients, and customers? Because they work. It’s the closest tool you can leverage to re-create an in-person ask.

It’s probably been a while since you revisited your offering envelope strategy.

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How to inspire outrageous generosity by simply saying “thank you”

How to inspire outrageous generosity by simply saying “thank you”

The number of church leaders I engage with who have no process for saying “thank you” to those who contribute to and support local church ministry is shocking to me. I’ve heard just about every reason you can imagine.

But deep within those justifications is the real heart of the matter: Free-will tithes and offerings are quite simply expected of the people in the pew by many of those who stand in the pulpit. Why should you thank someone if you expect them to do it? That assumption is a fundamental obstacle to leaders who wish to create a culture of stewardship and generosity in their congregation.

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10 reasons I will never give to your church

10 reasons I will never give to your church

When it comes to giving, generosity, and stewardship, a wide gap remains between the view from the pew and the view from the pulpit. That disconnect has not yet fully translated into a paralyzing funding crisis for most local churches, but given current course and speed, it will if nothing substantive changes.

As I talk to pastors and executive staff members across the country, I hear similar things ...

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Why A Vision-Driven Campaign Is Just Pretty Window Dressing

Why A Vision-Driven Campaign Is Just Pretty Window Dressing

Vision-driven capital campaigns are all the rage, just like annual pledge drives and “Prove the Tithe” events were a generation ago. But my problem with hanging the success of your next financial campaign on vision alone is that it’s a big gamble. I’m not willing to take it—and neither should you.

I think I understand why the vision conversation feels so comfortable to religious professionals.

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The dirty little secret of campaign consulting

The dirty little secret of campaign consulting

If you’ve been a pastor for any length of time, you’ve likely led your church through a capital campaign. It’s a special time filled with excitement, wonder and a world of possibilities. This can be one of the healthiest vehicles for spiritual growth any church can deploy.

When God inspires you to do a Kingdom project, it will always feel bigger and more complex than your current knowledge, resources and congregation’s experience. That’s why a capital project can be a time of tremendous growth.

But There Is Too Much At Stake To Leave It To A Game Of Chance.

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