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Jul
20
2012

Finance Fridays: Stated Values and the Budget

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A recent blog post from Eric Geiger shared a great story about aligning a church’s budget with its stated goals.  Serving at a church in Florida, the church found that it was spending an astronomical amount on air conditioning costs… instead of its mission.  Here is what Eric did: In one sense we could articulate that the AC served the whole mission of the church. But in another sense, we wrestled with the possibility of […]

Jul
13
2012

Finance Fridays: Generosity and Aging Biblically

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Recently a Francis Chan video has been making its way across the internet.  I came across the video on Todd Rhoades’ site, but it has been making it way through Facebook, Twitter, and all the other sites out there.  The video starts out with Chan speaking over a back drop of Braveheart music and the picture of an old dude walking to the beach: And I just want to respectfully say I meet very few […]

Jul
6
2012

Finance Fridays: Financial Discipleship

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I stumbled across a video on the Generous Church site the other day that has been running through my head ever since.  The video features Francis Chan talking about the importance of financial generosity within the Christian community.  Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to speak with churches, and church leaders, from across the country about how they handle money conversations in the church.  While some churches handle the money conversations […]

Jun
29
2012

Finance Fridays: Final Aha! Major Gifts

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Five weeks ago Alan Wildes began a series on “Capital Campaign Aha! Moments“.  This series is unpacking the most common lessons learned by churches over the twelve years he has served them.  This is the final installment in this series. In many ways capital campaigns in the church world are different than those that are done by other institutions.  There is, however, on key area where both types of campaigns are the same: all successful campaigns focus on […]

Jun
22
2012

Finance Fridays: Fourth Aha! Communication

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Four weeks ago Alan Wildes began a series on “Capital Campaign Aha! Moments“.  This series is unpacking the most common lessons learned by churches over the twelve years he has served them. In all my years coaching churches in the area of generosity, I have found that I coach as much on communication as I do on generosity.  Churches can have a great vision and get the necessary buy in on the front end of a campaign but shoot […]

Jun
15
2012

Finance Fridays: Third Aha! Congregational Buy-In

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Three weeks ago Alan Wildes began a series on “Capital Campaign Aha! Moments“.  This series is unpacking the most common lessons learned by churches over the twelve years he has served them. In a typical capital campaign, church leaders begin discussions about a project 18 to 36 months before unveiling plans to the congregation.  Leadership meets monthly (at least!) during this time, sharing thousands of emails, hundreds of documents (in multiple versions), and take more phone calls than […]

Jun
8
2012

Finance Fridays: Second Aha! Ask More Questions

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Two weeks ago Alan Wildes began a series on “Capital Campaign Aha! Moments“.  This series will unpack the most common lessons learned by churches over the twelve years he has served churches. After 12 years of coaching churches through campaigns, I find some similar comments made at the end of the campaign process.  There are always some “Aha!” moments.  The number one “Aha!” moment is “This is a lot of work!”  The second one usually occurs about half […]

Jun
1
2012

Finance Fridays: Capital Campaigns are Hard Work!

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Last week Alan Wildes began a series on “Capital Campaign Aha! Moments“.  This series will unpack the most common lessons learned by churches over the twelve years he has served churches. I have been helping churches with capital campaigns for over 12 years. The process has certainly evolved over the years, but many things remain consistent; there are always “Aha!” moments and the #1 comment at the end of the process is “This is a lot of work!” […]

May
25
2012

Finance Friday: Capital Campaign Aha Moments

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For the past twelve years Alan Wildes has helped equip church leaders to develop a culture of generosity within their congregations.  Currently serving churches as a Generosity Coach at Generis, Alan leverages his years as a baseball coach and teacher to help churches reach their full potential.  I am excited to have him share his wisdom with us in the weeks to come. I have been guiding churches through capital campaigns for over 12 years. […]

May
4
2012

Finance Fridays: An Offering or Something More?

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Every Sunday morning churches across the country take part in the weekly tradition of passing the plate.  Typically there is something said about the ushers collecting tithes and offerings, many times this is followed up with a prayer. I sometimes wonder if we are missing out on something more. As we tiptoe around the prospect of offending someone by talking about money, in our attempts to “not be that kind of church”, and as we […]

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