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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Evolution of the Church Offering

Before the offering plate was passed in services, churches raised money from the government, then pew rental fees. And now? Online giving is skyrocketing! Subscribe to our newsletter to join pastors and church leaders across the country who receive giving and generosity tips, advice, and resources first.

WANTED: Full-Time Stewardship Pastor

Wouldn’t that be nice? Most churches I know work hard enough to pay the ministers they already have, adding another is beyond their dreams. But I did run across this ad earlier this week: RIVERBEND CHURCH Job Description for the Pastor of Stewardship Updated January 1, 2016 Reports to: Pastor of Church Involvement. Would also […]

Generosity Improves Your Life

Pete Hawker serves a United Methodist congregation in Anniston, Alabama. I don’t know Peter, but a friend sent me a column he wrote that appears in the Anniston Star, the local newspaper. A great column on the spiritual aspect of generosity, here’s a quote: People who are dying spiritually stop giving in all areas of […]

Share Your Values in Your Annual Giving Statements

Everything you send to your church members communicates the core values of your church. That includes your Annual Giving Statements. Share your values with a few simple tweaks to your statements this year. You can touch your donors’ hearts and encourage deeper generosity by following these guidelines: 1. Include a cover letter on top of […]

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 […]

Top Ten Ways to Grow Givers’ Hearts

Top Ten Ways to Grow Givers’ Hearts (answers to follow, but can you guess?) 10. Know Your ____________________. 9. Remember the _______________ in Your ___________. 8. Be a _________________ Leader. 7. Start _________________. 6. ________________ About Stewardship. 5. Ask Your Tithers Why They __________. 4. Launch ______________ Giving. 3. Start an _____________________ Service. 2. Plan […]