Is your Church financially healthy?

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Should every Church have a stewardship committee

  It is recommended that very church should have a stewardship committee that can encourage every member to learn and practice biblical stewardship in personal, family, work, and community life. Here are seven good reasons why a church should have a stewardship committee: Stewardship encompasses all of life but not much attention is given to its teaching and practice. Every believer needs help in their stewardship journey. The stewardship committee can plan an integrated teaching on stewardship for the church.…

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Organizing a Fundraising Dinner That Rocks

  Whether you are organizing a sacrificial dinner or a celebration dinner, you want people who come to go home thinking and talking about the event and your cause. You want to create an impact in the minds and hearts of those who participated in your fundraising dinner. Organizing a fundraising dinner that rocks entails ample preparation of six to 12 months. Write down clear objectives for the event such as the amount of money you want to raise, a…

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Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

  Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 where he tells the story of 3 bags of gold, and the 3 employees he entrusted them to. This parable taught me important values I've learned to trust and lean on in the workplace.  Looking at the first verse in the parable, verse 14, establishes the setting and relationship between the main characters (the boss and his employees).  The boss was leaving for a certain time, the business needed to continue in his temporary absence, and…

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Help Your Congregation Win Financially

Do a survey in your congregation. Ask them to name five things that they currently struggle with and I am sure that one of them is financial strife. Credit card debt. Student loans. Mortgages. Utility bills. Different names—the same problem. Lack of money. As a pastor, you have a fantastic opportunity to help your congregation win financially and overcome lack through Biblical and practical teaching. Here are some ways: 1. Preach on Biblical Finances You have a captured audience that…

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 The Joys of Being Poor — Poor in the Spirit

  Only by looking at it with biblical eyes will anyone appreciate how being poor in any way, shape or form becomes a blessing. In the world’s view it is the rich who are blessed because they have plenty. But Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 5:3 (NIV), “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” points to something so much more important than material possessions—our spiritual standing before God. Growing up in church, you may have…

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  Douglas John Hall, a theologian and author, says that stewardship is a biblical metaphor that has come of age. In the past two centuries, this idea has become largely jaded because of its abuse and misuse. The era of Protestant missions in the 19th century utilized stewardship to raise money for mission work. If you review literatures about stewardship in the past century, you will find that it talks about finances, church budgets and related money matters. But according to…

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FUNDRAISING

Fundraising Fatigue?

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Fundraising Fatigue

Is there really such a thing as fundraising or donor fatigue? Marc Pitman of FundraisingCoach.com explained why donor fatigue is a myth. “I don’t know of any donors who are tired of giving to causes that they value, they are passionate about, they are excited to be involved in,” Pitman said. “I know plenty of donors who are being fatigued of being crappily asked.” I agree with Pitman that donor fatigue is a myth or as some would say, an excuse.…

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The Furnace of Trials

  It’s easy to be a Christian when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to praise the Lord when all is well and everybody is happy. It’s easy to praise the Lord when there’s plenty of food on the table and when no one in the family is sick. However, the real test of our Christianity happens during the most difficult times and situations – those times when we are left with nothing but faith. Have you ever wondered why…

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What does the Bible Teach about Stewardship?

  Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions. If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God,…

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Transformational vs. Transactional Fundraising

How is Christian fundraising different from secular fundraising? Is there a difference or do we employ the same methods and tactics that secular fundraisers use? Some of you may have attended seminars and conferences sponsored by Christian groups or you may have read books and articles written by Christians. You may have noticed that there is not much difference in terms of strategies and methods between secular and Christian fundraising. It is only during the past ten years do we…

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