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Push the limits of church funding

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I gave this presentation to six groups of pastor during a week long tour through the Arkansas on behalf of the Arkansas Baptist Convention.

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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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