Why A Vision-Driven Campaign Is Just Pretty Window Dressing

Vision-driven capital campaigns are all the rage, just like annual pledge drives and “Prove the Tithe” events were a generation ago. But my problem with hanging the success of your next financial campaign on vision alone is that it’s a big gamble. I’m not willing to take it—and neither should you.

I think I understand why the vision conversation feels so comfortable to religious professionals.

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The dirty little secret of campaign consulting

If you’ve been a pastor for any length of time, you’ve likely led your church through a capital campaign. It’s a special time filled with excitement, wonder and a world of possibilities. This can be one of the healthiest vehicles for spiritual growth any church can deploy.

When God inspires you to do a Kingdom project, it will always feel bigger and more complex than your current knowledge, resources and congregation’s experience. That’s why a capital project can be a time of tremendous growth.

But There Is Too Much At Stake To Leave It To A Game Of Chance.

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10 Measurable indicators of ministry effectiveness

Ministry is more than numbers, but numbers indicate the effectiveness of your effort and investments. Your time, energy, staff and money are limited. Therefore, you have to make sure the time, effort, and resources you are investing personally and through your staff are providing a worthy return. I’m not suggesting that “profit” is the goal. But if you can’t connect your effort to measurable impact, you’re risking a very expensive exercise with very little to show for it.

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Hope is not a viable church strategy

It is vitally important that you and your ministry leaders understand what it will take for you to realize the God-inspired vision you see so clearly now. You can’t just “say something” and expect it to magically come to pass. And don’t think your passion on the platform will instantly overcome the built-in skepticism of the person sitting in the pew.

There is too much at stake.

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Why should I give to your church?

If you can't answer that question ... neither can the PERSON in the PEW.

That's a BIG problem. And a proven strategy to NOT FUND your organization.

This is your most important asset. Focus on it. Lose sleep over it. Write it over and over until you get it right.

THEN ... practice saying to yourself.

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What I wish every church planter knew about funding ministry

I love talking to church planters. Their dreams are big, their commitment is unwavering, and their courage is remarkable. I’m not sure there is anything harder to do than start a church. I admire church planters for so many reasons.

Any yet, I’m also consistently surprised that few have a comprehensive funding plan or even financial projections. You wouldn’t build a house without first talking to an architect, builder, and banker. You wouldn’t start a business without a clear path to break-even and eventually profitability. And you wouldn’t invest in a company that didn’t have a strategy, action plan, and financial models to ensure your capital is multiplied many times overs.

Endurance in ministry requires more than grit and personal resolve. It must be supported by a documented plan and strategy (which includes financial projections).

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7 epic fails for church giving this Easter

Easter is an important time in the Christian church. It is one of two of the most recognized holidays by believers and non-believers alike.

It is also a time when a tremendous amount of people who don’t attend church regularly (or even at all) will walk through the doors of churches all around the world. That means what you do related to giving is worthy of a little thought and planning to ensure you maximize the giving and engagement potential of this medium.

Here are 7 epic fails you should avoid this Easter ... 

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Vanco study reveals most engaged church members want e-giving

There are a lot of assumptions leveled from the pulpit to the pew about church giving. One very important one is the ongoing debate around electronic giving and whether or not it has a place in the life of the local church and the discipline of worship and generosity.

Seriously. It’s 2016. Can’t we just agree that e-giving is here to stay?

It is astonishing to me that we are still talking about why “we should” or “should not” offer e-giving options to church members and visitors who would like to financially contribute to the work and ministry of a particular local church. Yet that very conversation is still alive and well in many churches today.

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What's wrong with the "F" word?

What's wrong with the "F" word?

Not that "F" word! 

That's another post for another time. I'm talking about F-O-C-U-S in your content and messaging strategy. The ability to stay on target until you determine the campaign is a horrible failure or a raging success.

Too many give up before they give an idea the chance to succeed.

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How to generate leads with compelling content

How to generate leads with compelling content

Every business, brand, or cause is interested in generating more leads. Whether it's building a donor list, attracting new leads from a targeted audience, moving people through a buying cycle, or increasing the service level of existing clients, organizations are only interested in content marketing (or any content marketing for that matter) if it ...

  • Finds new prospects.
  • Increases the number of qualified leads.
  • And helps close more deals.

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