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How Online Giving Can Stabilize Your Church Budget

  By Bob Pritchett As the economic fallout caused by COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, churches, along with all businesses, are being noticeably affected. Aside from the fact that some church members are furloughed from work and have less financial facilities with which to give, many individuals who prefer to give in-person or

3 Ways COVID-19 Is Challenging Churches

  By Renn Salo Along with other organizations across the country, churches have been flipped upside down in recent weeks. Aside from the most evident need to make church virtual and keep members connected, church leaders find themselves facing unprecedented hurdles to which they are learning to respond. These challenges are affecting various churches in

5 Things Every Church Giving Platform Should Provide

  By Kent Woodyard Digital giving doesn’t have to be complicated, convoluted, or otherwise intimidating. Sure, it requires a bit of research to find the right solution and a bit of legwork to implement, but – really – a successful giving solution comes down to getting a few basic things right. Any giving provider worth

Faithlife Offers Step-by-Step Guide for Taking a Church Online

  Faithlife Corporation, which was founded in 1992 as Logos Bible Software and today offers a full suite of church management solutions, is helping leaders ensure COVID-19 social distancing doesn’t disrupt their efforts to be the church by offering a number of free and low-cost tools to help them take their church online during this

Using Donor Plaques for Fundraising

  This article originally appeared in the December 2006 issue. By Frances Putman Not long ago, parishioners at Our Lady of Calvary Catholic Church in Philadelphia celebrated the 50th anniversary of their church. While it was a time of celebration, it was also a time for reflection. As parishioners looked at their half-century-old church, they

3 Ways to Curb Seasonal Giving

By Ryan Nelson Many churches count on a strong fourth quarter to compensate for decreased giving throughout the year. That’s not a bad thing. But what if the stakes were lower, because giving was higher—and more consistent—all year? (It would definitely make it easier to create a church budget!) Sure, some variation in giving is

Manage Cash Like a Business

A church is a society of like-minded individuals and families who come together to worship, pray, and share their joys and sorrows in sacred community. But that’s not the whole story. An underpinning of businesslike activity makes it possible for a church to meet community expectations. In fact, a primary activity of the church is

Seven Ways to Instantly Increase Church Income

  This article originally appeared in the October 2005 issue. By Denis Greene Denis Greene is the executive director of The Church Development Foundation, www.tcdf.org. He is also the author of Successful Church Capital Campaigns. Once upon a time, in a committee meeting far, far away, a treasurer announced, “We have enough money, the budget

Free Supplies for Your Church? It’s Not Too Good to Be True 

  This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue. By Gary C. Smith Gary C. Smith is president & CEO of the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources, www.naeir.org. It’s a given that with budgets tighter than ever, churches need to be creative in doing more with less. Yet many dismiss one

Keep Seasonal Stewardship Flowing Smoothly with Electronic Giving

By Kevin Lee With as much as one-third of their yearly contributions coming in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, churches’ biggest challenges during the busy holiday season are handling the additional volume and keeping accurate records. Those two areas are critical for churches that want to make the giving season, as well as their
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