• Seven Keys to Cultivating Generosity at Your Church

    June 29, 2020

    God doesn’t need our money to further His Kingdom, yet the Bible has a great deal to say about money and how to be good stewards of it. Your congregation wants to obey God’s word, bless others, and be a part of ministries that are reaching the lost, but many families struggle in their giving. As their pastor, you want [...]
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  • Strengthening Your Campaign with “Conditioning Exercises”

    May 27, 2020

    Winning athletes know that their success on game day begins with their early training and conditioning. Church capital campaigns are no different. Following are some “conditioning exercises” that could help your congregation in the early preparation for a major capital campaign. Prior to your campaign kickoff, offer a financial literacy class. Many families genuinely want to give but just don’t [...]
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  • Helping People Think “Outside Their Checkbook”

    April 4, 2020

    Question – what percentage of your constituent’s total assets are cash, savings or checking accounts? Answer – about 10%. Next question – what percentage of your annual church giving comes from cash, savings or checking accounts? Answer – possibly 95% (or more!). Final question – what’s wrong with this picture? Answer – read on to find out. “What’s wrong” is [...]
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  • Church Capital Campaigns

    March 14, 2020

    Myth: capital campaigns are most successful in large, mega churches. Reality: small congregations (less than 300) often out pace their mega-church counterparts with deeper sacrifice and overall success. You’ve probably heard stories of churches with thousands in attendance that gave millions of dollars to a major project. It sounds impressive, and in many ways it is. But, the reality is that smaller [...]
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  • The Benefits of Non-Cash Giving

    January 24, 2020

    What percentage of your constituent’s total assets would you say are found in cash or checking accounts? Answer: about 10%. What percentage of your annual church giving comes from cash or checking accounts? Answer: generally 95% (and sometimes more!). What’s wrong with this picture? “What’s wrong” is that most church leaders do not actively seek non-cash gifts. This is unfortunate [...]
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  • 95Network

    95Network is a national non-profit organization that exists to resource the 95% of churches in the United States that are under 500 in average attendance. They do that through practical content, conferences, and grant funds for coaching and consulting. Since 2018, 95Network has supported churches in 34 states and given away over $200,000 in grant funds to support local [...]
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  • The Golden Triangle – Ignore It at Your Peril!

    November 4, 2019

    No, we’re not talking about the imposing architecture of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania’s Golden Triangle! We’re referring to the Golden Triangle of successful church building projects. The idea behind the Golden Triangle is simply this – for any church building project to succeed the: Ministry Needs — Financial Resources – Building Design Must all be in creative balance. If not, the project simply does [...]
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  • MortarStone

    MortarStone is generosity intelligence. Using intuitive analytics and professional strategy, MortarStone helps you grow your church attendance and increase ministry funding.
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  • How to Develop a Compelling Case Statement for Your Building Project

    September 6, 2019

    You have a gorgeous set of architectural drawings for a new building addition that your committee has been working on for months. You are ready to present them to your congregation and are sure everyone will immediately fall in love with them. You only anticipate a few ‘minor’ questions to clarify the details of the new facility features. Our [...]
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  • Real Estate Gifts

    August 11, 2019

    Will Rogers famously exclaimed “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff”. For those of us seeking to encourage creative generosity, we might paraphrase this to say – “give land, or any other type of real estate, and receive a great tax benefit”. Just like gifts of securities, real estate can provide donors with many of the [...]
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