Pastors Report Church Tithes Rising This Year
Top 10 Financial Mistakes That Could Sink Your Church
How to Teach God's People to Tithe
Some agree and some disagree with Malachi 3 on this subject. What do you think? read more
Kingdom Economics: No Recession in the Kingdom
Regardless of the circumstances, here's why kingdom citizens continue to be blessed. read more
5 Ways Church Members Hold the Church as a Financial Hostage
They are the ones who tithe and pay your salary. But how do you deal with these types of people? read more
The Good News and Bad News of Kingdom Economics
As ministers of the gospel, it is our job to ensure that our flocks are equipped to survive, prosper and honor the King in the current economic environment. read more
How Your Church Can Survive a Financial Crisis
Find out what members of a panel of fundraising experts suggest to help your church escape a money crunch. read more
13 Things to Do When Your Church Is Hurting Financially
If your church is in the midst of a money crunch, don't panic. These 13 suggestions could help bring you out of it. read more
Why Year-End Giving Is a Good Thing
If you sometimes wait until the end of the year to bring a major tithe into the storehouse, here's why you shouldn't feel guilty. read more
Creating Excellence in Ministry on a Small Budget
Just because your church has limited financial resources doesn't mean your ministry can't be effective. read more
8 Reasons Believers Give to Your Church
Rick Warren says he's against fundraising but in favor of teaching people to give. Here are some ways they're motivated to do so. read more
Is it Possible to Overpay a Pastor?
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches.
A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the smaller congregation struggles to keep up with the financial needs. Presently, they are running a deficit of perhaps $10,000 a year, forcing them to draw on reserves.
The church has a number of fixed expenses, he says, such as utilities and insurance that cannot be cut. Even if they eliminated all literature and supplies, the deficit would still not be covered. His suggestion is that they cut his salary by $10,000 a year. The leadership refuses. read more
Measuring Church Health: How Much Money Should People Give?
They may not say it out loud, but I’ve talked with enough pastors through the years to know there are two key numbers they’re interested in: attendance and giving. Attendance matters because it’s one measure we have of the impact the church is having in a community.
Ironically, giving may actually be a better measure of the real heart change Jesus is having in people’s lives.
With that, let me share the data from the churches we’ve served. I have a feeling this is going to be very sobering for some of you. read more
Rick Warren: God Wants You to Enjoy Your Life
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Tim. 6:17 NIV)
You may be under a lot of stress right now because of the economy, but God still wants you to enjoy life.
As a Christian, you can enjoy life because your conscience is clear. You can enjoy life because you are secure within God’s love. You can have fun and laugh in church. You can enjoy friends who don’t manipulate you because they are learning to be like Jesus, and that means they are learning to look out for the interests of others. read more
Study: Online Presence Boosts Year-End Giving
I’m sure most Ministry Today readers are very aware that year-end giving campaigns are perhaps the most important fund-raising time for non-profit organizations. With 41 percent of all donations occurring in the last few weeks of December, the year-end campaign is a make or break proposition for many churches and most non-profits.
While you are crafting your year-end campaign I wanted to make sure you didn’t neglect the fastest growing way to connect with new givers—your online presence.
First, lets examine the facts. According to Charity Navigator’s survey, 93 percent of those surveyed said they gave during the 2010 year-end giving season. Of those who donated in 2010, 91 percent said they planned to give during the same period in 2011. read more