Coaching for Generosity is now Church Campaign Services

Church Campaign Services Steps Forward with New Ownership Rev. Michael Erwin to take the reins of CCS and its 70-year, $2 billion record of service. A pastor with experience in both the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ has assumed ownership of Church Campaign Services. Rev. Michael Erwin is 1995 a graduate […]

Reframing Money Talk in the Church

Reframing Money Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I88CpPrHrqM

The people in your pews are most inspired by a mission that changes lives. But, do you ask people to support your budget, to pay the light bill, to keep the doors open? Do you need help reframing money talk in your congregation? For more information, see the latest Cheerful Giving podcast. Here’s the transcript: […]

[Webinar] Choosing an Annual Pledge Campaign Format

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Yesterday we wrapped up our webinar on Choosing an Annual Pledge Campaign Format. In case you missed it, or wanted to review the content again, here are some helpful links: Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcHRBr2eIdE Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/mberwin/choosing-an-annual-pledge-campaign-format For help in determining the right format for your church this year, take this survey: Free Campaign Format Assessment To be […]

Capital Campaign Case – Six Key Elements

There are four essential components in a successful capital campaign – the Case, Leadership, Prospects, and the Plan. Each one of these is critical to the success of the campaign. What is a Case for Support in a Capital Campaign? The Case is a written document that gives the rationale for the campaign. After reading […]

Inspiring Generosity, Thriving Stewardship

“Stewardship” is a church word frequently heard during fall pledge campaigns. Yet stewardship involves our whole lives. Every activity, every day, all year long. The annual pledge campaign is one tool to teach generosity. Congregations thrive spiritually and financially with a more holistic approach. “Help us with stewardship” This is the most frequent call I get from pastors […]

Endowment Funding through Bequests

Churches frequently ask me: “What’s the best way to increase our endowment funds?” Smart leaders know that an endowment can help the mission of their congregation. Once we do the hard work of establishing the Endowment – creating the Endowment Policy, opening the fund accounts, and establishing the invesment and disbursement strategies – then the hard work of funding begins. […]

Mortgage Burning for Churches

Mortgage debt could be crippling your ministry. Imagine how much fun it would be to burn those mortgage papers! Then imagine how much relief your budget will have when “Debt Service” is no longer a line item and a monthly drain on finances. What a time for a party! Mortgage burning parties used to be […]

What About the Offering Plate?

The next worship war might be over the offering plate. As blogger Wezlo says about the offering: The impending extinction of the offering envelope is not something I am mourning. In fact, I’ll be quite happy when it comes to a close. On the other hand, I find the idea of seeing the act of […]

Sharing Abundantly – A Model Sermon

Here’s inspiration for a sermon on giving and stewardship. This comes from the Rev. Henry Brinton, pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Sharing Abundantly Many, many great statements within. I like this one particularly. Henry asks his congregation to imagine a scenario in which the congregation receives 10% of the recent Powerball lottery as […]