• Are these megatrends affecting the generosity of YOUR congregation?

    April 29, 2024

    There are five generosity Megatrends happening right now that are going mostly unnoticed by church leaders. These trends have huge implications for the future financial foundation of your church. You need to know what they are, and what to do about them – now! Some of these Megatrends will resonate with you… “I knew that.” But others will be hidden [...]
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  • Analysis Paralysis Will Cost You!

    March 21, 2024

    Back in the “good old days” before Covid, waiting to make a big financial decision didn’t cost you all that much. When inflation was nearly nonexistent and interest rates were 3–4%, you could take your time when making a major capital investment decision. Not so anymore! That was then, this is now… Today, the norm is persistent substantial inflation in construction [...]
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  • Hot off the Presses!! New e-Book by CGS

    August 23, 2023

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  • Do Church Projects Take Longer and Cost More?

    July 12, 2023

    There is a truism we’ve experienced in six decades of helping churches fund major projects. It’s simply this: “Your project will take longer and cost more than you originally planned.” The maxim applies to projects of all types. Right now, some churches are experiencing a resurgence of in-person growth and require additional space. Others have a need to simply repurpose [...]
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  • Gifts of Tangible Personal Property and Life Insurance

    April 18, 2021

    When it comes to creative stewardship, people are often encouraged to think “outside the box”. Sometimes, however, it pays to think “inside the box” — inside the boxed treasures found inside their own home. Many people own valuable physical assets that can be creatively gifted to your ministry. Tangible Personal Property Physical assets are referred to by the IRS as “tangible [...]
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  • Creating Generosity Moments

    March 31, 2021

    “Once upon a time” — most churches in America received their offerings pretty much the same way as they had done for generations. A group of ushers would march down the center aisle with plates in hand and pass them row by row. While the practice is traditional, it also allows the congregation to collectively experience something very special [...]
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  • Promoting Non-Cash Gifts

    February 25, 2021

    How can you increase and facilitate non-cash gifts of financial assets, real estate or tangible property? First, let your people know that you are actively seeking such gifts. This could be accomplished simply by publishing a quarterly announcement stating: “If you are interested in making a non-cash gift to our ministry such as stock, mutual funds or real estate, [...]
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  • Church Building Projects – A Clinical Approach

    January 5, 2021

    If you were to visit the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with a serious health issue, you would immediately notice a significant aspect of their service model. All of your medical specialists would gather around the table with you to discuss your diagnosis and create the treatment plan. Using such a clinical approach has obvious benefits – the [...]
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  • The Best Time to Reduce Debt

    December 14, 2020

    Is the economy doing well? Is the stock market at an all-time high? Is unemployment currently low in your area? If the answer is yes, why should you even consider eliminating or reducing your existing church debt now? Read on and we’ll tell you. A great time to eliminate debt is when current economic conditions imply that church finances are [...]
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  • Worship Facility Insecurity – What?

    October 9, 2020

    “Worship facility insecurity” – no, it’s not a new psychological disorder, but a serious emerging challenge for church leaders who currently meet in rented or leased facilities (think public schools or movie theaters). Let’s face it – COVID has created tremendous uncertainty. For example, public school plans for the fall 2020 semester seem to change daily. School administrators have enough [...]
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