Bonus Material

The Future of Capital Funding

I have lost track of how much money I have helped churches raise in capital campaigns. In over twenty-five years, I have learned a few things. For years I have been asking, what is the future for raising the capital funding? The list below is some of the key issues...


The Legacy Team

One answer to assuring the future financial security of the church is to use Legacy donors to create a Legacy Team. As you will see in the definition, membership isn’t based on wealth, but on a desire to use whatever wealth they have for The Kingdom. Here are some thoughts...


The Senior Pastor’s Weekly Stewardship Overview

How much time should a Senior Pastor spend on stewardship? I believe every Senior Pastor should commit 5% to 10% of their time to educating themselves, building out, and working on a stewardship plan. If that sounds daunting, start with thirty minutes a week and then build from there. The...


A May Strategy for Summer Giving

May is your month to help you get ahead of the curve of summer giving’s challenges. The following post I wrote for my sponsor, OnlineGiving.org, illustrates the best way to avoid the slump three-day weekends give churches. For every church in America, summer presents both opportunities and challenges. The opportunities...


Putting the Tools Together For Your Best Summer Giving Ever

Your vision is the driver, but the best driver in the world is worthless without effective vehicles to drive the vision to those you want to impact. This section of the playbook will share the essential tools to effectively launch your summer giving strategy. In the 21st century, we must use...


The 15 Offerings of Summer Playbook Plan

Use the chart to plan out your 15 offerings. The Who, How, What, When, Why column helps you decide the best way to communicate the story you are focusing on. Each offering is about connecting your summer vision to life change! DateFocus of OfferingWho, How, What, When, Why?May 26th  June 2nd  June 9th  June...


Key Pointers for Expressing Gratitude

Years ago, I wrote a post on the key pointers for expressing gratitude. I’ve edited it down through the years, but the points remain good thoughts. Pastor, this would be a great discussion starter for your staff or Finance Team. So, here are my thoughts about crafting a thank you...


The Coach’s Appeal Tip Page

Appeals, written correctly, are one of the best ways to increase giving at your church. The key is writing them well. Here is my one-page summary of tips for making your appeals appealing. First, we must understand that vision drives dollars. The reason most direct appeals fail for churches is not...


The Digital Lane Social Media Checklist and Suggested Action List

The following thoughts will help craft your social media strategy. I give you advice to avoid and advice to adhere to! Avoid these Common Mistakes Churches Make in Social Media Not utilizing it at all. If you want to reach your neighborhood, you will find them on social media. Setting it up and...