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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Answered: Top Ten Ways to Grow Givers’ Hearts

Here are the answers to last week’s quiz: 10. Know Your Numbers. Pearson’s Law states, “That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.” Here are some important numbers to know: average giving per worshiper, new givers, how many stopped giving (and why!), aggregate giving by age group. 9. Remember the […]

Time to Dust Off the Missional Budget

Paul Begala, a former Clinton presidential advisor, once said, “The budget is a profoundly moral document.” He then quoted the Bible, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be.” Budgets, after all, reflect our priorities. The decisions we make about how and how much we spend our money reveal our values and demonstrate […]

A Tale of Two Sausage Suppers

A word about how generosity is inspired… I’m very fortunate to live in an area where a number of churches have sausage suppers. Rural German farmers have a higher standard for sausage – each congregation is very proud of its own recipe. A typical plate comes with their specially made sausage, mashed potatoes, white beans, […]

When you use the word “Line-Item” I hear…

How many words do you know that follow the phrase “line-item”? Here’s what Google suggests when you type that in: Seriously. Budget. But more importantly, VETO! Line-item is a negative word. So why do we keep using a line-item budget to communicate spending in our congregations? Here’s how it typically plays out: First line… personnel. […]