Is Fundraising Really That Hard? #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 15, 2017
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In 2012, in response to the so-called consumer holidays “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation partnered to create Giving Tuesday. This November 28, organizations, influencers, and individuals will reach out across their platforms to encourage people to give generously to worthy causes. As I wrote in Giving…

LeaderWorks Update

Posted on November 13, 2017
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Here’s a round-up of the latest news and resources from LeaderWorks: Thanks for your continued support of LeaderWorks. Sign up for our newsletter this week; we are about to send out a free resource for your ministry! David+

What’s Wrong With My Letter?

Posted on November 7, 2017
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A few years ago I had to do what every Rector or Sr. Pastor should do about this time of year: write a year-end appeal letter. (If you need convincing that you should, read here.) My church was in the red for the year. Again. I’ve written before why this is often the case at the…

Hack Next Year’s Budget

Posted on October 12, 2017
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It is that time of year again. Budget time! As pastors, leaders, vestries, and boards are wringing their hands about the close of this year, plans for next year are being drawn up. Over the years I developed a few ‘hacks’ for church leaders. I’ve collected a few of these tips, tricks, and rules of…

Giving Up Excerpt in Christianity Today

Posted on October 10, 2017
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You can see the latest sneak peek at Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry on CT Pastors. This excerpt reveals five big ideas that church leaders can use to jumpstart generosity in your church. Check out the whole book on Amazon.

Sneak Peek: An Excerpt from Giving Up

Posted on September 27, 2017
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Here’s another sneak peek at my new book, Giving Up: How Giving to God Renews Hearts, Changes Minds, and Empowers Ministry, available now. This excerpt is from the second chapter, titled “The Hidden Virtue of the Early Church.” I want to give the church corrective lenses to see that the ministry of Jesus, Paul, and the very…

LeaderWorks Updates

Posted on August 25, 2017
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It’s been a little while since we highlighted what’s happening over at LeaderWorks. Here’s a round-up of all the news and resources: Thanks for your continued support of LeaderWorks. Keep checking back with us to see what’s new, and let us know how we can help you do your work! David+

Announcement: Giving Up is Coming Soon!

Posted on August 24, 2017
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It’s Ready After years of gathering ideas, studying Scripture, preaching “The Money Talk”, collecting three decades worth of wisdom…and months of writing and re-writing, the book is finished.  We took our final pass at it with our red pens and now it lives with the publisher and then onto the printer…and then I hope…to you!…

Barista, Priest, and Planter

Posted on August 1, 2017
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Last week I posted some thoughts about the cost of church planting. I also included a You Tube video interview with Alex Wilgus, of the Greenhouse Movement.  Alex helped us see how the funding of a church plant can be ‘raised’ through deputation; praying for support and asking friends and family to consider giving to…

The First Question to Ask Before You Ask!

Posted on July 20, 2017
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Note:  All my life I have had to ask for money…and in the back of my mind has been a reluctance.  A guilt. How could I?  I’m taking away from them! But Alex Wilgus clears this up in the first few minutes of this video below. Simple wisdom. One of the great challenges for the…