Overview
Part 1: The problem with church funding
Discuss the changing rules of church giving
Overview
Part 1: The problem with church funding
Discuss the changing rules of church giving


Part 2: Push the limits of ...
The Problem with
 Church Funding
People no longer give to
the church simply because
  it is the church. The
 church must prove it is
   worthy of donations...
Charitable donations as
 measured by per capita
  giving of disposable
income has remained the
same since 1967 – 2.5%.
   ...
Billionaires are the least
 likely to donate money to
        the church.

      -- Empty Tomb
More than $500 million was
 raised for Haiti in three
      weeks. The number
     continues to rise.

   -- The Chronicle...
At least one out of five
American Christians – 20
    percent of all U.S.
     Christians – gives
   literally nothing to
...
The Problem with
Church Funding is...
The Problem with
Church Funding is...


 The Great Silence!
The Problem with
Church Funding is...


 The Great Silence!

 “Fat” thinking
The Problem with
Church Funding is...

 The Great Silence!

 “Fat” thinking

 Increased competition
The Problem with
Church Funding is...

 The Great Silence!

 “Fat” thinking

 Increased competition

 Attendance habits ha...
The Problem with
Church Funding is...
 The Great Silence!

 “Fat” thinking

 Increased competition

 Attendance habits hav...
The Problem with
Church Funding is...
...we treat church
giving as if it is a
  FINANCIAL concern
     instead of a
 SPIRITUAL reality.
The Church can’t fail.
There is no Plan B.
“When he saw the crowds, he had
   compassion on them, because they were
     harassed and helpless, like sheep
  without ...
The role of the
church leader is to
   CULTIVATE the
 resources God has
  provided in the
people in our pews.
Before change can
   take place, we
need to agree on a
  few principles.
Churches have an advantage
      over every other
         nonprofit:
 Weekly interaction with
        membership.
Churches are the WORST
at capturing the dollar
       and fail to
 consistently provide a
    “call to action.”
If churches continue
   to be silent, the
 giving levels needed
    to operate this
 complex organization
    will not exi...
Giving is an outward sign
 of an inward commitment.
  Measuring giving is one
     way to measure the
   health of your ch...
Church giving is connected to
   your ministry plan. People
   want to support a cause or
        organization that
  acco...
The more we remain silent
   with respect to the
 subject of money in the
 church, the more likely
  someone else’s budget...
What’s your plan of action?
Overview
Part 1: The problem with church funding
Discuss the changing rules of church giving
Overview
Part 1: The problem with church funding
Discuss the changing rules of church giving


Part 2: Push the limits of ...
Questions?
Overview
Part 1: The problem with church funding
Discuss the changing rules of church giving


Part 2: Push the limits of ...
7 elements of a
   game-changing
plan to increase
  church funding
Get beyond small
    thinking
Survival mode off
Break the silence
Check your numbers
Build investors
Change the
conversation
Why should I give to
    YOUR church?
Questions?
Ben Stroup


   E-mail: ben@generis.com

Blog: churchgivingmatters.com

    Twitter: @ben_stroup

    Facebook: Ben Stroup...
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  • Push the limits of church funding

    1. 1. Overview Part 1: The problem with church funding Discuss the changing rules of church giving
    2. 2. Overview Part 1: The problem with church funding Discuss the changing rules of church giving Part 2: Push the limits of church funding Define the elements of a game-changing plan
    3. 3. The Problem with Church Funding
    4. 4. People no longer give to the church simply because it is the church. The church must prove it is worthy of donations. -- George Barna
    5. 5. Charitable donations as measured by per capita giving of disposable income has remained the same since 1967 – 2.5%. -- Giving USA
    6. 6. Billionaires are the least likely to donate money to the church. -- Empty Tomb
    7. 7. More than $500 million was raised for Haiti in three weeks. The number continues to rise. -- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
    8. 8. At least one out of five American Christians – 20 percent of all U.S. Christians – gives literally nothing to church, para-church, or nonreligious charities. -- Passing the Plate
    9. 9. The Problem with Church Funding is...
    10. 10. The Problem with Church Funding is... The Great Silence!
    11. 11. The Problem with Church Funding is... The Great Silence! “Fat” thinking
    12. 12. The Problem with Church Funding is... The Great Silence! “Fat” thinking Increased competition
    13. 13. The Problem with Church Funding is... The Great Silence! “Fat” thinking Increased competition Attendance habits have changed
    14. 14. The Problem with Church Funding is... The Great Silence! “Fat” thinking Increased competition Attendance habits have changed The new “normal”
    15. 15. The Problem with Church Funding is...
    16. 16. ...we treat church giving as if it is a FINANCIAL concern instead of a SPIRITUAL reality.
    17. 17. The Church can’t fail.
    18. 18. There is no Plan B.
    19. 19. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38
    20. 20. The role of the church leader is to CULTIVATE the resources God has provided in the people in our pews.
    21. 21. Before change can take place, we need to agree on a few principles.
    22. 22. Churches have an advantage over every other nonprofit: Weekly interaction with membership.
    23. 23. Churches are the WORST at capturing the dollar and fail to consistently provide a “call to action.”
    24. 24. If churches continue to be silent, the giving levels needed to operate this complex organization will not exist.
    25. 25. Giving is an outward sign of an inward commitment. Measuring giving is one way to measure the health of your church and your membership.
    26. 26. Church giving is connected to your ministry plan. People want to support a cause or organization that accomplishes something they can’t do on their own.
    27. 27. The more we remain silent with respect to the subject of money in the church, the more likely someone else’s budget will be funded.
    28. 28. What’s your plan of action?
    29. 29. Overview Part 1: The problem with church funding Discuss the changing rules of church giving
    30. 30. Overview Part 1: The problem with church funding Discuss the changing rules of church giving Part 2: Push the limits of church funding Define the elements of a game-changing plan
    31. 31. Questions?
    32. 32. Overview Part 1: The problem with church funding Discuss the changing rules of church giving Part 2: Push the limits of church funding Define the elements of a game-changing plan
    33. 33. 7 elements of a game-changing plan to increase church funding
    34. 34. Get beyond small thinking
    35. 35. Survival mode off
    36. 36. Break the silence
    37. 37. Check your numbers
    38. 38. Build investors
    39. 39. Change the conversation
    40. 40. Why should I give to YOUR church?
    41. 41. Questions?
    42. 42. Ben Stroup E-mail: ben@generis.com Blog: churchgivingmatters.com Twitter: @ben_stroup Facebook: Ben Stroup LinkedIn: Ben Stroup

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