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Mar
4
2011

Finance Friday: The Money Pastor

Safe Piggy Bank

Matt note:  Jeremy Moore has been in the financial industry for the majority of his adult life, currently working with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union.  Growing up in a ministry family, Jeremy has a heart for churches, and a passion for seeing churches lead well in the area of finances.  I am excited that Jeremy has agreed to share his wisdom with us on a regular basis and share his experience working with churches across the […]

Feb
25
2011

Finance Friday: Legacy Generosity in the Church

paper work

Who are the most capable givers in your church?  You may think they’re the people who write the one big check in December, give the largest weekly contributions, drive the flashy cars, or have a couple vacation homes.  You may be (and often are) right, but this is not always the case.  The faithful annual givers who may not appear to have a particular abundance of wealth are the best prospects for planned gifts.  These […]

Feb
4
2011

Finance Friday: Thoughts on Credit Card Giving

credit card

Matt Note:  Brad Locke is the Steward of eGive LLC, a company that helps churches manage their online giving.  I have known Brad as a customer and as a colleague and value the wisdom, skill, and heart that he brings to his clients.  You can read a little bit about why Brad started eGive by reading his comment here.  I am grateful for Brad’s willingness to share his thoughts here, and am looking forward to […]

Jan
18
2011

Vision Driven Budgeting

road map

Yesterday I had the great honor to spend some time with a church that I have been able to serve through my work with Dime.  Over Indian food we spent several hours talking about the church’s vision and it’s goals for the coming year and how that should drive the church’s spending plan for the year.  We spoke about what the priorities for the church need to be and put in place the beginnings of […]

Jan
7
2011

Finance Fridays: Is Your Story This Compelling?

bill strickland

Bill Strickland tells an incredible story… it is no wonder that some many people support Manchester Craftsman Guild and the work that goes on there.  This is the video from a TED talk he gave a few years back: Is the story of your ministry as compelling as the story of the Manchester Craftsman Guild? Do the people who support your ministry get caught up in the story of what is going on in your […]

Dec
17
2010

Finance Friday: 10 practical tips about ministry funding for church planters

Ben Stroup

Matt Note:  The more I speak with Ben Stroup the more impressed with him that I become.  Ben is a consultant with Generis and helps churches across the country develop the concept of generosity within their congregations.  If you are not reading his blog, Church Giving Matters, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Earlier this week, I posted about the role of faith in ministry funding. In that post, I promised to provide some practice […]

Dec
10
2010

Finance Fridays: Ten Things Churches Need to Think About for 2011

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Matt Note:  Brad Leeper has been a friend, mentor, trusted advisor, and confidante of mine for years.  Brad currently serves as Vice President of Generis, an organization that partners with churches looking to create a culture of generosity.  Brad’s wisdom and expertise in the area of stewardship has benefited countless churches across the nation, and I am excited to have him share his wisdom with us here. Welcome to year three of the recession.  The church […]

Nov
19
2010

Gone Fishin…

CAPE HATTERAS, NC SEP '06

Today marks the beginning of my annual pilgrimage to the outer banks of North Carolina.  My family has spent Thanksgiving week in Frisco, NC since I was in fifth grade and it is one of the highlights of my year.  This has been a pretty tumultuous year for my wife and I and we are excited to have the opportunity to get away, unplug, and hopefully catch some fish this next week.  With that in […]

Nov
5
2010

Generosity in the Fourth Quarter

Cash

Two weeks ago The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted a story about giving in the final quarter of 2010.  According to a recent survey 36% of givers will be giving less than normal in the coming fourth quarter of 2010.  While 55% of people will be giving about the same amount, one third of givers is a significant number and people begin to get nervous. I asked Ben Stroup for his thoughts on this article.  Ben […]

Nov
4
2010

Why Do We Give?

fistfull of cash

Ben Stroup shared an interesting discussion that he recently had with a friend about giving and whether there is a difference between giving to a non-profit and giving to a church.  Reading the conversation I have to admit that it bothered me because whether I like it or not, many in this country believe that there is no difference, and the giving patterns of congregations back that up. For as long as the local church […]

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