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How Your Church Can Survive a Financial Crisis

If your church is in the middle of a financial crisis, here are some suggestions that might help.
If your church is in the middle of a financial crisis, here are some suggestions that might help. (Stock Free Images)

Find out what members of a panel of fundraising experts suggest to help your church escape a money crunch.

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13 Things to Do When Your Church Is Hurting Financially

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If you are in the midst of a financial crisis, are you paying heed to these suggestions? (Stock Free Images)

If your church is in the midst of a money crunch, don’t panic. These 13 suggestions could help bring you out of it.

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Why Year-End Giving Is a Good Thing

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If you sometimes wait until the end of the year to bring a major tithe into the storehouse, here’s why you shouldn’t feel guilty.

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Creating Excellence in Ministry on a Small Budget

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Just because your church has limited financial resources doesn't mean your ministry can't be effective.

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8 Reasons Believers Give to Your Church

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Rick Warren says he’s against fundraising but in favor of teaching people to give. Here are some ways they're motivated to do so.

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Is it Possible to Overpay a Pastor?

Dr. Joe McKeeverEvery once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches.

A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the smaller congregation struggles to keep up with the financial needs. Presently, they are running a deficit of perhaps $10,000 a year, forcing them to draw on reserves.

The church has a number of fixed expenses, he says, such as utilities and insurance that cannot be cut. Even if they eliminated all literature and supplies, the deficit would still not be covered. His suggestion is that they cut his salary by $10,000 a year. The leadership refuses.

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Measuring Church Health: How Much Money Should People Give?

Money-church-affordThey may not say it out loud, but I’ve talked with enough pastors through the years to know there are two key numbers they’re interested in: attendance and giving. Attendance matters because it’s one measure we have of the impact the church is having in a community.

Ironically, giving may actually be a better measure of the real heart change Jesus is having in people’s lives.

With that, let me share the data from the churches we’ve served. I have a feeling this is going to be very sobering for some of you.

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Rick Warren: God Wants You to Enjoy Your Life

Rick-Warren-health-small“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Tim. 6:17 NIV)

You may be under a lot of stress right now because of the economy, but God still wants you to enjoy life.

As a Christian, you can enjoy life because your conscience is clear. You can enjoy life because you are secure within God’s love. You can have fun and laugh in church. You can enjoy friends who don’t manipulate you because they are learning to be like Jesus, and that means they are learning to look out for the interests of others.

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Study: Online Presence Boosts Year-End Giving

Money-Year-End-GivingI’m sure most Ministry Today readers are very aware that year-end giving campaigns are perhaps the most important fund-raising time for non-profit organizations. With 41 percent of all donations occurring in the last few weeks of December, the year-end campaign is a make or break proposition for many churches and most non-profits.

While you are crafting your year-end campaign I wanted to make sure you didn’t neglect the fastest growing way to connect with new givers—your online presence.

First, lets examine the facts. According to Charity Navigator’s survey, 93 percent of those surveyed said they gave during the 2010 year-end giving season. Of those who donated in 2010, 91 percent said they planned to give during the same period in 2011.

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