All posts from “giving”

Is Giving to Churches Up or Down?

July 1, 2014 8:00 AM

This past spring, Christianity Today surveyed churches nationwide about their budget priorities. The results will be released in an executive report this summer. One key finding in the study sheds new light on church giving—a focus of other recent...

Report: Slight Decline in Giving to Religion

June 18, 2014 8:50 AM

Giving to religion declined, according to the newly released 2014 Giving USA report. "Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump—except when it comes to religious groups," according to a story from the Religion News Service. "That...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 6/2/14

June 2, 2014 8:00 AM

Two myths about classifying ministers for taxes. "(The) unique treatment of ministers for purposes of paying into the Social Security system often creates two areas of confusion for churches: Myth #1. If the minister is self-employed, the wages should...

Q&A: Tax Deductible Mission Trips

May 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Q: For my church's short-term mission trips, participants give the church money for a special fund that's used to pay their trip expenses (airfare, lodging, and so on). Some participants believe the money they spend for a trip is...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 5/19/14

May 19, 2014 8:00 AM

Beat the summertime giving blues. As the weather warms and vacations begin, attendance at churches tends to fluctuate. This can cause a severe drop in giving at your church. Vonna Laue offers some ways to think more proactively before...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 5/12/14

May 12, 2014 8:00 AM

Increase giving by encouraging baby steps. "Something's amiss in the North American church when believers, on average, give about 2 percent to 3 percent of their income to the church each year. ... If you want to increase giving...

$600,000 Stolen from Joel Osteen's Church

March 13, 2014 11:15 AM

An online story this week on ChristianityToday.com reports that "an estimated $600,000 was stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church." A statement from the church said the theft includes "cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 3/3/14

March 3, 2014 8:00 AM

Bad records prove costly. Church business administrators often lament the resistance they encounter from pastors and staff when it comes to requesting meticulous expense reports, including receipts. A recent U.S. Tax Court decision may help administrators make their case....

Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/17/14

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

Avoid meeting misfires. "This case illustrates the importance of compliance with notice provisions in employment contracts, bylaws, and applicable nonprofit corporation law. It is a good practice for church leaders to be familiar with these provisions in advance of...

5 Risk Management Trends Worth Watching in 2014

February 4, 2014 8:00 AM

I recently presented for a webinar featuring multiple speakers from megachurches, ministries, and companies. The event, organized by Peter Persuitti with Arthur J. Gallagher and other individuals in business and ministry, primarily pursued one goal: To identify risk management...

Tips for Protecting Church Donation Boxes

January 30, 2014 8:00 AM

Setting up a donation box at church may seem like an easy way to collect money for causes or the weekly collection, but it comes with risks. If left unattended, thieves may find a way to break into them....

Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?

January 16, 2014 8:00 AM

We recently fielded this question from a church administrator in Virginia: Is there a minimum gift amount for which a contribution statement must be issued? For instance, if someone visited the church one Sunday and dropped a $10 check...

Firm: 2013 Religious Giving Fared Better than Expected

January 14, 2014 4:30 PM

Atlas of Giving, a company that tracks and predicts charitable giving, said overall giving—including giving to religious causes—grew in 2013, according to a Monday article in the Los Angeles Times. The results were significantly different from what the Dallas, Texas-based...

The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2013

December 18, 2013 12:00 PM

A number of acts and legal developments in 2013 significantly affected churches, pushing three articles toward the top of the list of this year's top 10 most popular articles on ManagingYourChurch.com. Richard Hammar and Frank Sommerville dove into the...

ECFA: Giving Remains Flat or Down for Many Churches

November 19, 2013 8:00 AM

Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (and an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group), provided an update on giving trends at the recent Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference in Arlington, Texas....

ECFA: E-giving Options Continue to Gain Traction

November 7, 2013 8:00 AM

In an upcoming report about church giving and stewardship that ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) plans to release soon, the organization learned the following about the electronic giving practices of churches based on a survey of ECFA member...

Q&A: Is Donated Parking Space Tax Deductible?

October 31, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: A church member allows us to park our buses at his business. We used to pay $200 a month for this service. In the past we have given this church member a letter indicating a donation of $2,400...

Churches: The IRS is Substantially Closed, But Your Obligations Remain

October 2, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note (10/17/2013): Congress passed a bill last night that ended the shutdown. President Obama signed the bill ahead of the default deadline that loomed at 11:59 p.m. Due to the lapse in federal government appropriations (the so-called "government...

Colorado Flooding, and How Not to Help in a Disaster

September 13, 2013 1:35 PM

Yesterday morning, my friend, Wes, a youth pastor in Longmont, Colorado, posted this update on his Facebook feed: "I've got 4-wheel drive, a dog, and an open day. If anyone needs help with flooding issues, let me know. Would...

Surprise! Labor Department Says U.S. Households' Religious Giving Went Up

September 12, 2013 8:00 AM

An interesting stat surfaced Tuesday via The Wall Street Journal: A new Labor Department report on consumer spending showed U.S. households spent $51,442 on average in 2012, which surpassed the prior peak of $50,486 reached in 2008. Interestingly enough,...

Q&A: Donated Goods and Charitable Statements

September 5, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: I occasionally have a church member who donates something the church needs. The member then gives me a receipt for the item purchased and asks me to put it on their giving statement. Is this allowed? A: No, it...

Who's the Most Influential Teacher on Giving?

August 29, 2013 8:00 AM

Churchgoers learn to be generous throughout their lives. Most develop the habit of generous giving when they're young, according to results from our latest State of the Plate research. We combined results from this and the previous four years of...

Protecting the Church Offering

July 30, 2013 8:00 AM

Earlier this month, an entire offering from an evening church service was stolen when the church board member counting it momentarily stepped away, according to NewsChannel 3. It's reported that he heard a door slam and then discovered the...

Mixing Donations and Technology

July 25, 2013 8:15 AM

When I stand in line at my favorite coffee shop, I notice many people don't grab a wallet to pay anymore. Instead, they pull out a smartphone and present a phone app to the cashier to pay. Each year, technology...

3 Vital Signs for a Healthy Church Financial Culture

June 20, 2013 8:00 AM

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) recently hosted a webinar focused on church governance, finance, and stewardship. The organization invited Eric Heard, the stewardship pastor of Mariners Church; Cathi Linch, the financial operations leader of LifeChurch.tv; and Mark Davis,...

Four Poor Responses to Church Money Problems

June 18, 2013 8:00 AM

Randy Marsh, ministry development officer for the Evangelical Christian Credit Union, shared four poor responses church leaders make to money problems while speaking recently in Dallas at the 2013 XP-Seminar, a conference involving nearly 200 executive pastors from across...

Thom Rainer's Top 10 Rules of Thumb for Healthy Churches

June 6, 2013 8:00 AM

Thom Rainer (the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources) recently offered his Top 10 rules of thumb for healthy churches in America. Several caught our eye, including: 8. Effective giving: For every person in average attendance, including children...

Opinions Vary on Knowing What People Give

May 28, 2013 8:00 AM

We've previously covered the question of whether pastors should know what people give, and we featured one high-profile pastor's thoughts on knowing what people give. The question recently surfaced again in a national survey, and our sister publication Christianity Today...

Five Ways to Survive Summer with a Balanced Church Budget

May 23, 2013 8:00 AM

Churches have historically dreaded summer due to one thing: giving. That's because activities and costs peak with summer missions trips, camps, and Vacation Bible School just as regular weekly contributions wane. The challenge for every church leader is to...

The Ways People Give at Church

May 21, 2013 8:00 AM

This year's annual State of the Plate research combined results from this and the past four years to create a composite view of tithers--people who give 10 percent or more of their income. As the infographic below shows, most people...

Church Giving: Up, Down, or Flat?

May 14, 2013 6:00 AM

Each year for the past five years, Christianity Today has surveyed church leaders to see which direction the trend line is moving for church giving: up, down, or staying flat. In this year's State of the Plate survey, which we...

What's Next: Will Church Bonds Make a Comeback?

April 25, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the final post in a guest series from Dave Travis' book, What's Next?:2012 Edition. The first posts addressed church finances, financial accountability, the use of interns and residents, and outsourcing work. Travis is CEO of Leadership...

What's Next: How Churches are Using Outsourcing

April 18, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of guest posts from Dave Travis' book, What's Next?:2012 Edition. The first three posts addressed church finances, financial accountability, and the use of interns and residents. Travis is CEO of Leadership...

What's Next: Should We Use Interns and Residents?

April 4, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of guest posts from Dave Travis' book, What's Next?:2012 Edition. The first post addressed church finances and the second post addressed financial accountability. Travis is CEO of Leadership Network. Where will...

Are Annual Church Pledge Drives Still Relevant?

April 2, 2013 8:00 AM

I recently sat through a workshop involving financial officers and business administrators from churches in metro Denver. A panel of three finance officers, convened to discuss cash flow and cash reserves, focused mostly on appropriate cash levels, metrics, and forecasts...

What's Next: Transparency is the Order of the Day

March 28, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of guest posts from Dave Travis' book, What's Next?:2012 Edition. The first post addressed how much--or little--the economy is to blame for church failures. Travis is CEO of Leadership Network. Here...

Survey: Most Churches Provide No Estate Planning

March 25, 2013 8:00 AM

According to a new study by LifeWay Research, the majority of Southern Baptist churches believe that Christians should provide for their church in their will, but 86 percent of churches provide no help or assistance for estate planning. In fact,...

What's Next: It's the Economy—or Is It?

March 21, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of guest posts from Dave Travis' book, What's Next?:2012 Edition. Travis is CEO of Leadership Network. The recession has left its mark everywhere--on our friends, our families, our cities, our churches....

New Study: Churches Say Giving is Up, But So are Costs

March 7, 2013 12:48 PM

Our colleagues at Christianity Today just posted a quick analysis of new research on giving at churches conducted by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, the Alban Institute, the Indianapolis Center...

Four Money Lessons for Churches from the "Great Recession"

February 21, 2013 8:00 AM

Randy Marsh, ministry development officer for the Evangelical Christian Credit Union, shared four money lessons for churches while speaking Wednesday in Dallas at the 2013 XP-Seminar, a conference involving nearly 200 executive pastors from across the country. Marsh said ECCU...

Big Churches Expect Big Things in 2013

February 19, 2013 5:00 AM

Leadership Network released its 2013 economic outlook this morning, relaying a mostly upbeat forecast for the nation's big Protestant churches in the year ahead. The organization created the report, written by Warren Bird and Stephanie Jackson, by combining responses...

Are Designated Gifts for Individuals Tax Deductible?

February 14, 2013 8:00 AM

It's a common scenario at local churches across the country: A member faces a significant medical condition, racking up major debt in the process. Others at the church learn of this challenge and wish to help. Can they donate to...

Firm Issues Gloomy 2013 Forecast for Religious Giving

January 24, 2013 2:21 PM

A company specializing in computer-based reports and forecasts for charitable giving in the United States says giving to religion rose steadily in 2012 compared to 2011. The religious sector, though, has seen its share of the overall charitable giving...

"Fiscal Cliff" Law Temporarily Extends Certain Donations for 2012

January 8, 2013 10:53 AM

The so-called “fiscal cliff” law just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, formally known as the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” (the Act), includes a little-publicized provision providing a very short window of opportunity for eligible taxpayers to make...

Four Ways to Boost Year-End Giving

November 13, 2012 8:00 AM

Many churches look forward to a year-end giving bump to help make up for a budget shortfall. In the annual State of the Plate survey we co-sponsor, we know churches consistently count on December to boost total giving figures for...

A Key Tax Reminder for Donors

November 1, 2012 8:00 AM

As the calendar flips to November, it's a good reminder of the many tax details that churches must track, especially on behalf of those who faithfully give to the church throughout the year. Churches must properly document donor contributions, which...

The Zero-Percent Solution

September 20, 2012 8:00 AM

The only time a church mortgage gives any cause to celebrate is when it’s burned. Otherwise, it’s a drain on resources. Interest payments can easily triple or quadruple the cost of a church building. Beracah Bible Church decided to...

How Churches Collect Their Donations

June 26, 2012 8:00 AM

The graphic above, which appears in the July edition of Church Finance Today, shows the ways that people give to their churches, based on results from the 2012 State of the Plate giving survey sponsored by Christianity Today, Maximum...

Five Online Giving Lessons for Churches

May 1, 2012 8:00 AM

A report issued in February by a major provider of fundraising technology and consulting services offers some helpful insights for church leaders as it relates to online giving. In short: Use of online giving continued to grow in 2011,...

When Benevolence Ministry Becomes Risky

April 23, 2012 8:00 AM

Around lunchtime on a Friday, a man entered a Boston-area church and soon left with the church secretary’s purse, according to a local news station. The man claimed he needed money to support his five children. After the secretary...

Giving Rebounded for Many Churches in 2011

March 27, 2012 9:35 AM

A majority of churches reported giving increases in 2011, the first such occurrence in three years, according to results released today from the 2012 State of the Plate report. The constituency survey of more than 1,360 pastors and leaders...

How Did Giving Go in 2011 at Your Church?

February 14, 2012 8:00 AM

My church's annual meeting took place a couple of Sundays ago. We're a modest bunch—about 125 in weekly attendance and a general budget of about $375,000. God has done some remarkable things in our midst during the past year,...

More Stats on Electronic Giving Patterns

January 17, 2012 8:00 AM

Two separate reports released within the past week on electronic banking and giving patterns underscore the shifting preferences among adults when it comes to their finances. Last Thursday, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its Real Time...

Safely Depositing Weekly Collections

November 10, 2011 8:00 AM

A church in Centralia, Washington, lost nearly $7,000 from its weekly collections recently when a staff member accidentally left the bag containing the collected funds on top of her car and headed to the bank. Fortunately, a man driving...

The Church Bulletin as a Tax Tool

November 1, 2011 8:00 AM

To avoid jeopardizing the tax deductibility of charitable contributions, churches should advise donors at the end of 2011 not to file their 2011 income tax returns until they have received a written acknowledgement of their contributions from the church....

Is the Church Treasurer Really the "Worship Pastor"?

October 27, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Dan Kimball originally wrote this piece for his blog Vintage Faith. He allowed us to publish an edited version here as a guest post: I have become very aware of the power of words—and the power of...

Dealing with Unpredictable Giving

October 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Vonna Laue, a partner with Capin Crouse and an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today International's Church Management Team, discusses key points for why churches encounter giving declines, how to track giving, and how to encourage additional giving. Watch the four-minute...

What's Wrong with Credit Card Debt?

September 6, 2011 8:00 AM

Earlier this year, we asked whether churches should accept credit cards for tithing. Christianity Today recently asked what's wrong with credit card debt? Three Christian leaders with backgrounds in theology and personal finance weighed in. Read excerpts of their...

Fraudulent Calls to Churches

August 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Churches often receive calls for financial help. The most difficult part of these conversations is determining the honesty of the person on the other side of the phone line. When churches in Florida received a call from a man...

The Proposed Charitable Deduction Change

July 21, 2011 8:00 AM

The president has proposed a 2012 budget that will decrease the value of itemized tax deductions, including deductions for charitable contributions, for individuals making $200,000 or more and families making $250,000 or more per year. Also in the proposed budget...

The "Whole Life Offering"

July 19, 2011 8:00 AM

Just as a major error in discipleship is focusing discipling conversations on the needs and interests of the student, an especially common—and major—error in discipleship related to financial giving involves focusing conversations on the giving interest and passions of...

Cyber Crime: Coming to a Church Near You?

July 12, 2011 8:00 AM

The St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa, became victim to an apparent cyber crime last month when unidentified hackers stole $680,000 by luring away critical electronic information. CBS News, reporting on the incident, quotes law enforcement and cyber...

Survey Says, Millennials Do Give—and Not Just Online

May 19, 2011 8:00 AM

Contrary to what you might think, Millennials are generous and technology isn’t the only way to motivate them to donate to nonprofits (including churches), according to the 2011 Millennial Donor Report. Among the nearly 3,000 Millennials between the ages...

Should the Jobless Tithe on Their Unemployment Benefits?

May 17, 2011 8:00 AM

In the March edition of Christianity Today, three men with backgrounds in church and personal finances were asked whether the jobless should tithe on their unemployment benefits. Read their answers, then share how your church has (or hasn't) addressed...

New Report: Households Spent $368 on Gas Last Month

May 12, 2011 8:00 AM

A new report issued last week by the Oil Price Information Service shows the average American household spent $368 in April on gas, according to this CNN article. If church leaders haven't already done so, it's time to think...

Missouri Woman Admits to $140,000 Church Theft

May 5, 2011 8:00 AM

A woman in Missouri pleaded guilty last week to stealing nearly $140,000 while serving as the treasurer of a local church and its denomination’s local governing organization. According to a Kansas City-based news website, the woman wrote checks to...

A Pastor's Thoughts on Knowing What People Give

May 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: In November, TheYourChurchBlog.com published "Should Pastors Know What People Give?" It generated numerous responses, some in favor of the idea, some opposed. We recently came across another viewpoint on the question by Larry Osborne, pastor of North...

More Stats on Church Giving and the Recession

April 26, 2011 1:00 PM

More data about church giving last year in the United States has emerged since the release of the 2011 State of the Plate survey results. The "Holy Toll," based on the 2010 Faith Communities Today research conducted with 11,000...

CNN: Is Tithing Optional?

April 14, 2011 8:00 AM

Results of a survey given by the National Association of Evangelicals to its 100-member board of directors show a minority--42 percent--believe the Bible requires tithing, while the rest do not. Leith Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Church and president of...

Would a Change to Charitable Contributions Rules Hurt Churches?

April 5, 2011 8:00 AM

One angle covered by secular media during the recent release of the 2011 State of the Plate survey results: The possible affects of a current "federal proposal to reduce tax deductions for charitable donations among wealthy Americans," as CNN.com reported...

Church Giving Begins to Rebound?

March 30, 2011 9:30 AM

Since the recession in 2008, many U.S. churches have seen a decline in giving. But the tide may be changing. The third annual State of the Plate constituency survey of 1,507 churches revealed that 43% of these churches experienced...

Evangelicals and Money: Stingy, Generous, or Just Right?

February 14, 2011 8:00 AM

Last week, we pointed to research data highlighted by our sister magazine Christianity Today regarding average tithing levels among Christians. This week, we point to a series of short quotes obtained by Christianity Today from a variety of evangelical...

When Tithe Doesn't Mean Tenth

February 8, 2011 8:00 AM

Our sister publication Christianity Today magazine published some interesting new data from church giving research in its February issue. Specifically, the average percentage of income given to churches appears on the decline, measuring 2.43 percent in 2008 (compared to...

Should Churches Accept Credit Cards for Tithing?

January 6, 2011 8:00 AM

As more churches embrace electronic giving for their congregations, a number find themselves asking an intriguing question: Should they use e-giving options that allow people to tithe with credit cards? We asked a number of church leaders whether credit...

TheYourChurchBlog.com's Top 5 Posts of 2010

December 30, 2010 8:30 AM

Last week, we took a moment to highlight the Top 10 most-read articles from Your Church magazine's website, YourChurch.net. As we continue to count down the days to 2011, we now offer the Top 5 most-read posts from TheYourChurchBlog.com...

10 to Remember From 2010

December 20, 2010 8:00 AM

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to get all nostalgic and look back at the year that was. That includes reviewing the articles that interested readers throughout the year. Based on Internet traffic patterns, these 10 articles from...

7 Reasons Churches Should Offer Electronic Giving Options

December 17, 2010 8:00 AM

For many years, churches pondered (and even debated) whether to collect offerings by placing a box in the back of the sanctuary or by passing the plate. Today there is a much more important issue that is transforming how...

Giving at Churches—How Will 2010 End?

December 7, 2010 8:00 AM

Our friends at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability recently released a report showing charitable giving to its members has remained steady, especially among its largest members, despite the recession. But there were signs of challenge for ECFA members...

What You Should Know about Year-end Giving and Receipts

December 2, 2010 8:00 AM

Michael Batts and Dan Busby, two members of our Editorial Advisory Board, will co-present a 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, December 7, about the ins and outs of year-end giving and receipts. Batts is managing partner with the CPA firm Batts...

Giving Debit Its Due

November 23, 2010 8:00 AM

Bryce Collman started a business to help churches save money on electronic payment processing. Rather than use the bundled rates many larger processors charge to process payments by credit and debit cards, he offered interchange rates, which can save...

Should Pastors Know What People Give?

November 9, 2010 5:16 PM

A question on XPastor.org's Google Group asked whether pastors should know who gives what to the church. Is it primarily an issue of privacy, potential partiality, or accountability and pastoral care? According to attorney Frank Sommerville, churches "should examine job...

Determining Which Ministry Gets What

September 30, 2010 10:45 AM

"Pastor, we don't have a budget. We just do what the Lord leads us to do." These words were spoken to me soon after I agreed to be the preacher at a small rural congregation, which used seminary students...

Can Finance People Be Ministry Minded?

September 14, 2010 8:00 AM

Why do committees so often act in a way that seems indifferent to and sometimes impedes ministry? The following practices may explain much of the problem: —People making financial decisions are removed from firsthand involvement in ministry. —People who are...

How Churches Can Re-think Money and Giving

July 22, 2010 8:00 AM

I recently posed four questions about organizational theory, leadership—and how those influence church giving—to Mike Bonem, executive pastor at West University Baptist Church in Houston and co-author of Leading from the Second Chair. Here is what he shared with...

Should Churches Increase 2011 Budgets?

July 20, 2010 8:30 AM

Christianity Today, our sister publication, recently asked several financial advisers, researchers, and other observers to weigh in on whether churches should increase their operating budgets next year. Here are their responses: "What we see is cautious optimism on the part...

Don't Forget the Check

May 4, 2010 8:00 AM

The buzz surrounding electronic giving options continues to grow as online donation capabilities improve and text-messaging campaigns take hold. The American Red Cross, for instance, says it raised $35 million within 48 hours of the January earthquake in Haiti,...

A Case Study: When Shortfalls Cloud the Big Picture

April 29, 2010 1:40 PM

The Scenario Mike Newson* and the rest of the leadership of Trinity Church were at a crossroads. It was January—midway through the fiscal year—and Trinity’s income projections weren’t looking any better. It seemed like cuts were inevitable. But the...

Learning from Lean Staffs during Lean Times

April 7, 2010 12:32 PM

With many congregations facing tighter budgets as they weather the worst economic recession in decades, a recent survey of U.S. church leaders shows that a small percentage of churches are able to continue doing ministry while keeping staffing costs—the single-biggest...

Did the Grinch Steal December from Churches?

March 23, 2010 9:00 AM

In the latest “State of the Plate,” survey, in which we worked with Maximum Generosity’s Brian Kluth to poll 1,000 church leaders on the health of their churches’ finances in 2009, an interesting pattern emerged—December didn’t save the day...

Family Money Matters: A Look at Christian Household Finances

February 25, 2010 8:30 AM

What really matters in an economy is not what the media says, but what people’s personal wallets say. As part of the second annual “State of the Plate,” 750 Christian households provided an inside look into their income, employment,...

New Law Permits 2009 Charitable Deduction for Haiti Relief Contributions

February 24, 2010 8:00 AM

In an effort to encourage further charitable giving to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, Congress passed a bill on January 21 that permits donors to deduct (on their 2009 income tax returns) charitable contributions of cash...

Church Finances Remain Pinched in Early 2010

February 18, 2010 8:00 AM

A “new normal” is emerging in the church world when it comes to giving, budgets, and generosity initiatives, according to an ongoing survey conducted by Maximum Generosity and Christianity Today International’s Church Finance Today and Leadership journal. Nearly 800 churches...

Stetzer: Churches Lag in Economic Recovery

January 14, 2010 9:11 AM

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research in Nashville, wrote a post today highlighting new research regarding continued economic pressures on U.S. churches. LifeWay gathered the research in November through phone surveys with 1,002 church pastors. The overarching message: Churches...

To E-Give or Not to E-Give

January 12, 2010 9:00 AM

I stopped tithing a few months ago. Okay, no scandal here. I got married in September, and my husband and I moved to a new area and wanted to find a church. As we slowly combined our finances, it...

Is It Time To Build? 10 Questions to Ask

November 23, 2009 8:00 AM

In early 2008, we made the decision at Fairhaven Church to move forward with an $8 million construction project, even as the signs of recession popped up everywhere. Reports of other churches delaying or canceling plans for expansion were...

Report: Finances Steady at Two-Thirds of Churches

October 29, 2009 9:00 AM

New research released this week by Indiana University's Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and The Alban Institute suggests giving remained steady--or grew--during the first half of 2009 for two-thirds of the 1,540 churches they surveyed. More than three-fourths...

You Want to Donate What?

October 29, 2009 8:02 AM

Join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, for a live webinar event with nonprofit CPA, Elaine Sommerville titled, "You Want to Donate What? How to Handle All Types of Charitable Contributions" (Click on "You Want to Donate What? on...

Building a Culture of Generosity in Your Church

October 14, 2009 8:50 AM

Some estimate giving to churches is on a 40-year decline. In contemplating the reasons why, here's a thought that should give church leaders pause: A church budget usually is set to the level of its people's unfaithfulness. That's one...