Have you ever read one of those how-to books? You know the ones we’re talking about—the kind designed to teach even the biggest dummy how to be an expert in the subject they choose. Now I don’t know about you, but the times we’ve thumbed through books like these—books created to take something complicated and make it easy—we end up more confused than when we started! And the worst ones of all? Books on finance and fundraising! Now I may just be simpleton, but I always seem to have major issues trying to understand the ideas, terminology, and concepts. To be completely honest, they might as well be written in a different language. Professionals write books on money full of plans and concepts that an outsider just can’t understand. It’s complicated. And that’s a problem because complicated strategies kill giving.
When it comes to being a pastor, one of the worst parts of the job has little to do with actually pastoring. In fact, for many church leaders, the most challenging, painful, and tedious part of the job is creating an annual budget (did anyone else just get a little sick thinking about it?). While you may hate the process of developing your annual budget, it’s not only a necessary part of the job, but also an extremely important part of planning the year for your congregation. Rather than dread planning your budget, why not equip yourself to be ready and do it well?
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Question: Who do you call when you need help? Well, it usually depends on what kind of help you need. If it’s an emergency, you call 911. If you need advice, you probably call a friend. And if you need a little help with a product or service, you probably call that company directly, right? But then what happens?
We know that a lot goes into planning for Sunday morning. The welcome, the worship, the sermon, and other aspects of your service are all thought out, but somehow, the offering time seems to typically be an afterthought. But, just like preachers should pray, read, and study, and just like musicians should rehearse, someone needs to prep for the offering. We've created an On-Demand Webinar (watch it whenever you want!) to help coach you on what the giving time should look like in your service, and why it's important.
Question: How much time do most churches allot for people to give? Answer: Somewhere between two and five minutes just once a week. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of time to you, that’s because it’s not! What that means in reality is that most churches only provide the opportunity for their congregation to give during a quick offering time on Sunday mornings. With that in mind, let’s ask some hard questions.
We’ve been talking a lot about giving here at Clover in the last few months because we know that giving is essential to the life and health of your church. But when all the funds have been pledged and the money starts coming in, the question remains: what do you do with the money that’s been given? The answer to that question lies in your church budget.
When it comes to talking to your people about online giving at your church, maybe you don’t think your people really need a reason to give. If they understand the vision of the ministry and believe in what the Bible says about giving to the church, they’re going to give no matter what, right? Well, that’s not entirely true.
When it comes to money, it’s no secret that the world has gone digital. Think about it. When was the last time you wrote a check to pay for your groceries? Do you even carry any cash in your wallet to have on hand anymore? Are most of your bills set up on automatic or online payments? These days, managing and spending money is done almost exclusively in a digital space. And if that’s true for most areas of life, shouldn’t it be true for your church giving as well? You want to give your community the option to give quickly and simply in the same way they do everything else: online (find out more about how to build a great church website here). Clover Give is an online giving platform that provides your church a professional, easy to use digital giving forum that allows your people to support your ministry in a way that works for them.
Fact: sermons about money are powerful. If you don’t believe that, stick with us Your congregation is made up of a variety of people, right? Every week, you look out at a room full of people from all different backgrounds, races, stories, and beliefs. But what’s one thing they all have in common? Money. No matter who they are or where they come from, all the people in your congregation are dealing with money. Maybe they’re in a position in life where they have more than they need and aren’t struggling with their finances. Maybe they’re just making ends meet. Maybe they’re on the verge of bankruptcy. Or maybe they’re somewhere in between. The point is this: regardless of their current financial situation, every person in your congregation is dealing with money on a regular basis. And because of that, it’s important that you as a church leader incorporate the subject in your teachings. Everyone can relate!
One of the hardest parts about church office leadership is figuring out how to build, manage, and maintain your team. In other words: how do you lead your church team well?Whether your team consists of just ten people or is made up of hundreds, the need to lead and manage them well is great. They’re the people who help make your ministry happen.