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

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

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

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

Annual Giving Statements Share Your Values

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

Everything you send to your church members communicates the core values of your church. That includes your Annual Giving Statements. Whenever you send your statements, share your values with a few simple tweaks. You can touch your donors’ hearts and encourage deeper generosity by following these two simple guidelines. Cover Letter Include a cover letter on top of the annual … Read More

Rev. Michael Erwin Takes the Helm of CCS

Michael ErwinEducational, Resources

As a child of the Presbyterian Church (USA), I’m thrilled to come home, so to speak, and serve as the next Director of Church Campaign Services. Bob Kukla has been instrumental in establishing CCS as a resource to the Presbyterian Church and beyond. God put him in the right place at the right time, as his professional experience as a … Read More

6 Signs Your Congregation is Financially Healthy

Michael ErwinCapital Campaign Planning, Resources

Stewardship is the way we use our God-given gifts  – talent, time, and treasure – to carry on Christ’s work in the world. We are his disciples. As part of stewardship, it’s important to understand the financial health of your church. The decisions you make about money are part of stewardship and discipleship. Here are 6 signs that indicate a church … Read More