By this time in the summer, graduations have passed, vacations are starting and unless you have a widely adopted electronic donation program, giving to your church is likely in steep decline. There can be a temptation to send your members on a guilt trip along with their summer trip. But don’t do it. Here’s why…. Continue Reading »
It’s time for Spring Cleaning. This doesn’t just apply to the layer of yellow pollen that has covered my porch and everything outside. I also use it for a chance to clean out and organize other things, like closets. As a traditional Southern gal, I don’t pull out my white jeans or shoes until AFTER… Continue Reading »
How do you talk about money in your church community? Do you only mention it when you suddenly realize that your annual operating budget is short for the next fiscal year? Or when a big storm makes the need for a capital campaign too strong to ignore? If you only talk about money in your times of need, you are missing a prime opportunity to share with your members the results of their giving.
To be a successful cat herder – or, I mean, to be a successful ministry team staff member, is to be strategic with your time and where you focus your energies. One of the best ways to do that is to make a list of goals for the year. Have you made a list of goals you want to achieve in the office this year? I encourage you to do so.
You may be asking, “where do I start, how do I make a list of goals?” A good way to start is by examining what are some of the ministry goals and plans for this year.
It started a month or so ago when I was reading a blog. It’s a family friend who has two children that God made uniquely but wonderfully special. (If you want to be inspired by her faith and journey, check it out at – http://baseballsbutterfliesblessings.blogspot.com/) She recently had her son’s super hero birthday party and mentioned the great… Continue Reading »
Think of what can be done and needs to be done in the software for this time of year. Make your list and check it twice! Look through the Constant Contact holiday designs for any festive templates for special communications. Make sure your published calendars are up to date. Set up any special events that need to allow for sign ups. Create any special holiday funds for Online Giving.
Spending some time with Dave Ramsey will get you thinking about debt and credit.
Dave’s stance on giving is impressive—and taking the class has helped me understand another reason it’s so popular with churches.
ACS Technologies is headquartered in Florence, SC, where I live. I grew up in Texas, though. I adore much of living in South Carolina but it is hard to have children so far away from my parents, though. I remember once as a child hearing a friend tell my Dad, “you’ll never regret a trip you… Continue Reading »
Two years ago, when I was a reporter for a daily newspaper, I was talking to a man who works as a financial adviser for a nonprofit agency. He had retired early and now worked as a volunteer, helping people get their financial house in order. He knew a lot about economics, and he cheerfully told me that the recession was over.
“But when will it feel like it’s over?” I asked.
Confidently, he told me that it would no longer feel like a recession by the end of summer 2010.
I’m still waiting.