If we are ever going to reverse the decline in giving we must understand how the lack of focus is robbing churches of the funding they need. For so long churches have not had to really worry about giving. It was almost automatic. You pass the plate and people dipped deep into their pockets and gave. Now times have changed and giving is on a continual decline.
Amazingly most churches simply shake their heads at the decline if they even recognize it at all. Some wake up on a Monday morning during the summer to find that they don’t have enough in the bank to pay all the bills and Sunday’s offering was at an all-time low while members basked at the beach. Then they think, “We need to do something!”
Your window of opportunity to “do something,” is closing! If you are currently behind budget in all probability you will not close the gap. At least doing what you have been doing will not help you close that gap. You need to be proactive. You need a plan of action and you need to act upon that plan.
The Tyranny of the Urgent keeps most leaders from focusing upon giving. Having for been a Senior Pastor for 20 years I get how busy you are. It never slows down. There is always something else that needs to be done or another meeting to attend. Top all this busyness off with the fact that you have weekly sermons to plan and prepare for. When does a pastor have time to think about giving?
If you are not focused upon giving your giving will decline! It is simply a fact that what gets done is what gets focus. If no one focuses upon giving then giving will always be a struggle. Yet how does one get focus amidst all the competing complexities of ministry?
You get help! I have dedicated this year to be the year that I see 100 churches get the help they need for a price they can afford. Already we are seeing results. For instance one pastor wrote…
“Using your coaching we have increased our giving by 198% over last year!”
A staff member wrote me recently…
“We used your plan for our Easter offering and took in $17K more this year than last year!”
Their story can be your story. You can find out more by going here… http://thestewardshipcoach.org/join-now/
Let me keep you focused doing the work for you! Act now, my monthly membership rate is going up after the June 25th webinar. Let’s get you fully funded for all your missions and ministry goals!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach
Founder and President
The Charis Group and Charis Giving Solutions