A Campaign Website: Bringing the Campaign Online

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

How to create an effective, affordable capital campaign website by Jason Smith, Founder of GivingTools Capital campaigns are all about people: welcoming their ideas and building a shared vision, and then asking the right people at the right time for the right gift to make that vision come to life. When it comes to gathering pledges, the campaign brochure and … Read More

Money Talk in the Church – Breaking the Taboo

Michael ErwinEducational

“Money is tight. We’ll have to cut our budget again this year. People just aren’t giving like they did in the past.” “Half of our families don’t give anything to the church. How can we turn that around?” “I’m just uncomfortable going to church; they’re always asking for donations.” Money is a problem even in the strongest church. We could … Read More

That’s a Wrap: 6 Carols for Year-End Stewardship

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

Snowflakes in the air, carols everywhere, Olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share   Yes, Christmastime is here, and just a few days more to write the Christmas sermon! Here are five Christmas Carols to keep you mindful of generosity and stewardship during this hectic season. Use these familiar words to “repeat the sounding joy” of … Read More

Teach Your Children (Stewardship) Well

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

How many of you had this experience as a child? Sitting in church with your family, the offering time arrives, the ushers come forward, the music begins, and you proudly place your offering in the plate as it goes by. My earliest memories of giving occurred in church. My parents made sure I had something to put in the offering … Read More

Planned Gifts: A Phone Call Worth $250,000

Michael ErwinEducational

The first time the trust department of the local bank called me, I was totally unprepared.   According to the bank, the church would be receiving a bequest worth nearly $250,000. This planned gift was nearly double the entire annual budget of the church! We immediately agreed to meet in person to discuss the expected gift, and I learned of its … Read More

Show your Impact, Demonstrate your Footprint

Michael ErwinEducational

The impact of your church’s ministries can inspire generosity, but only if you help people see the lives that are changed. Kevin Lee of Vanco Payments recently encouraged churches to communicate the impact of their ministries: Use the 80/20 Rule to Be a More Effective Church Steward Kevin promotes online giving for churches. First of all, as the CEO of a … Read More

The Pledge Campaign is not about Money

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

The goal of the Annual Pledge Campaign is to grow generous givers. The Finance Committee of your church may disagree. But the Annual Pledge Campaign is not about money, and it’s not about the budget. Our mission proceeds from the Great Commission – to go out into the world, baptizing and teaching in the name of Christ – and from … Read More

Thank-You Notes Will Inspire Faith and Generosity

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

When was the last time you received a personal thank-you note in your mailbox? I was reminded of the impact saying thank you can have during the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving’s 12th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture. Dr. Christian Smith of Notre Dame presented some of the findings of his Science of Generosity Initiative. During the panel discussion … Read More

Where does the money come from?

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Educational

Money. One of the major challenges that churches face is setting a sustainable funding strategy. When it comes to church finances, leaders often take a “seat of the pants” approach each fiscal year with small regard for tomorrow. Too, they may not understand the funding sources available to the church, or how those sources can hurt or hinder faith development … Read More

Electronic Giving: Three Fundamentals for Churches

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

Electronic giving offers churches new opportunities to teach generosity. But it’s good to step back for a moment and consider some basic truths behind generosity and giving. Giving is Worship Above all, giving shows an awareness of the image of God within us, and God is generous. Worship and giving go hand-in-hand as we express our love for God. The … Read More