#1 Objection to Online Giving

When it comes to online giving, the number one objection we hear at INJOY Stewardship Solutions is fees. No one likes paying fees. The average fee for online giving is anywhere from 2-4%. It feels like a loss of resources which could be leveraged for ministry and life change. But the question begs, is the fee worth it to begin online giving?

The truth is when you set up online giving, you are not taking 2-4% from people who are already giving cash. You are actually now getting 97-98% from those who were previously not giving at all. It is not a transition or removal of current giving. You're creating an onramp for people who are currently not engaged in the generosity and discipleship journey. The bottom line is would you rather have $97 or $0?

Ultimately, people give more money online than through the passing of the plates during the service. Think about it – how much cash is in your wallet right now? If you are like me, not much. Therefore, on Sunday mornings you are passing the plates to people with little or no cash on hand.

Paying minimal fees is worth it!!!

During our recent Complete Stewardship 1-Day Online Summit, we discussed the topic of online giving. Click HERE to access this free coaching session from Craig Fatt of GiveInJoy Giving Solutions, LLC. During this session, Craig discusses the different objections to online giving, as well as how to create generous givers at your church.

Can Digital Giving Help Your Church Exceed Budget?

Several years ago a study was conducted of over 1,000 churches to discover how many were below, meeting, or exceeding budget. The results were startling!

  • 80% were below budget. That’s right – 4 of every 5 churches could not even do the minimum of what God was asking them to do because of a lack of funding.

  • 14% met budget. However, these churches still had no margin to do anything unexpected God might call them to do. In fact, they were broke!

  • Only 6% exceeded budget. Less than 1 out of 10 churches.

The study then dove into the 6% of churches to discover what common threads might exist. The #1 thing churches did to exceed budget was prioritize, promote, and have a documented system for digital giving. 

Furthermore, digital giving was found to be the #1 item which prevents a giving slump. To help you maximize digital giving at your church, we have created an Online Giving Checklist that is a must-have for church leaders.

Click HERE to receive your copy. Make sure you don’t miss anything which could help you fully-fund the mission and vision God has given you.

The Ship Podcast: The Benefits of Digital Giving at Your Church

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Our guest on Episode 14 of The Ship Podcast is Michael Robinson, Lead Pastor at Hill City Church in Springfield, MO. Hill City Church recently partnered with INJOY Stewardship Solutions to raise funds to build a new ministry center. During this process it was discovered that 90% of the church’s giving is received digitally. During this episode, Michael shares about his experiences with INJOY Stewardship and how Hill City Church is able to push digital giving at such a high level.

Key Points:

  • Michael will share the history of Hill City Church and how he became the Lead Pastor.

  • Michael talks about partnering with INJOY Stewardship and the process of raising funds.

  • Michael will share how they have been able to reach such a high level of digital giving since 90% of giving at Hill City Church is received via some form of digital payment.

Guest: Michael Robinson
Website: hillcitysgf.com
Facebook: Hill City SGF
Instagram: hillcitysgf
Vimeo: hillcitysgf

How to Go to the Next Level in 2019

Our team is FIRED UP because the Complete Stewardship 1-Day Online Summit is this Thursday, January 24th.

During this summit, learn how your church can become fully-funded in 2019 and walk away with the tools, plans, and resources needed to see your church go to the next level. 

ABOUT THE COMPLETE STEWARDSHIP ONLINE SUMMIT:

For a church to be fully-funded and see its mission and vision realized, it needs both a leadership AND stewardship strategy. These two approaches converge during the Complete Stewardship 1-Day Online Summit hosted by INJOY Stewardship Solutions.

Those who attend your church are on a journey from Struggling to Stability to Surrender to Sacrifice to Serenity. These five phases of discipleship will be taught by many of today’s leading experts on stewardship and generosity during eight one-hour sessions. The Complete Stewardship Online Summit will be fun, informative, interactive, and most of all, practical. You will walk away from this day with the tools, plans, and resources needed to see your church fully-funded in 2019.

Go ahead and secure your spot, and we’ll see you on Thursday, January 24th!

Five Reasons To Register for the Complete Stewardship 1-Day Online Summit

Five reasons you should register for the Complete Stewardship 1-Day Online Summit:

  1. It could result in a giving increase of 10% or more at your church. What could your church do with a 10% increase in your budget? You could expand the ministry, hire additional staff, and have more community impact! The content in this entire conference can definitely help you experience an increase in giving.

  2. There are a lot of people in your church who struggle to tithe consistently. Statistics routinely show that about 3% of Christians actually tithe. I believe we would both agree that this is an awful statistic. At 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM EST we’ll equip you to develop consistent givers.

  3. Many people in your church are struggling with their personal finances. 70% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Think about the impact a strong personal stewardship emphasis will have on the majority of your congregation! At 11:00 AM EST, we’ll give you a step-by-step plan you can immediately implement and begin helping your people experience financial freedom.

  4. Your church needs some capital to expand and renovate. Is it time to build a new facility? Are renovations sorely needed? Maybe it is time to launch a campus or buy some land? Don’t miss the 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM EST sessions!

  5. Online giving is becoming more and more prominent in your church. Online recurring giving has solidified the giving base for many churches – enabling them to still receive offerings on canceled weekends (due to snow/ice/flooding/hurricanes/etc). Online giving to churches is still increasing at double-digit percentages each year. Don’t miss the 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST sessions – we’ll help you increase your online giving!

Here’s the line-up!

The great part of online conferences is the ability to sign in to participate in the topics of specific interest to you. When you register for the conference, you will be provided a live link to participate in each and every session of the conference.

Go ahead and secure your spot and we’ll see you on Thursday, January 24th!

The Results Are In!

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been asking many of you about the challenges and struggles you face when it comes to stewardship at your church. We’re grateful for the leaders who took the time to participate in our survey and provide their strong insight.

 We’ve taken this feedback and are excited to announce the official date of our FREE online conference [REGISTER HERE] called the Complete Stewardship Summit: Thursday, January 24th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

 We’re also excited to announce the topics and speakers too!

The great part of online conferences is the ability to sign in to participate in the topics of specific interest to you. When you register for the conference, you will be provided a live link to participate in each and every session of the conference.

Go ahead and secure your spot and we’ll see you on Thursday, January 24th!

35 Leadership Quotes and Lessons From John Maxwell on Sharing Your Faith

The following is a post from Brian Dodd, Director of New Ministry Partnerships and can also be found on his site: BrianDoddOnLeadership.com.

For the next two days I will attending The Gathering Conference.  The Gathering happens every four years and is chance for the finest Wesleyan pastors in America to gather and discuss today’s leadership issues.  I will be representing INJOY Stewardship Solutions and while here will be bringing you some of the quality leadership content provided.

As a gift from INJOY Stewardship, click HERE to download the most popular coaching session I conducted in 2018 – The Seven Giving Systems Every Church Needs To Be Fully-Funded.  This informative session will help you have all the resources needed to carry out this year’s ministry plans.  Simply click HERE or on the image provided to get your complimentary coaching.

The evening’s plenary speaker was the incomparable and legendary John Maxwell.  For those who may be new to this site, John is my spiritual hero and someone I had the pleasure of working for six years.  There is no one I admire more.  If you have not done so already, you should purchase his new book Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace being released the first week of February.

The following are 35 Leadership Quotes And Lesson From John Maxwell I captured from his incredible session on sharing your faith:

  1. My might as well laugh at yourself. Everyone else is.

  2. My life changed dramatically when I left the pastorate and went into the business community to be salt and light there.

  3. Should an old person talk about remembering?

  4. I have had a couple of times in my life when I forgot what it was like in Egypt… I forgot the deliverance in my life Christ has done for me.

  5. I was so focused on getting my church relocated I left my first love (winning souls).And I forgot.

  6. In losing my way, I lost my heart for reaching lost people.

  7. God spoke to my heart and said, “The rest of your life you’re going to spend your life in the business community.”

  8. I was so busy as a pastor doing church stuff I wasn’t reaching people for Christ.

  9. If you lose your way you have to have a blueprint.

  10. What are we going to do about the 53% of the people who never come to our church? They’re never coming to church.

  11. Are we called to a church or are we called to a community? Is my passion as great for people not coming to our church as those who are coming to our church?

  12. We must be intentional to add value to lost people. Paul did it by serving people.

  13. I have to add value to people first before having the credibility to share Christ.

  14. Before we share our faith let’s get people to like us.

  15. Include everyone.

  16. It’s amazing God loves us.

  17. God loves people I don’t like. Therein, is the problem.

  18. God is love. We would rather correct people than connect with people.  God doesn’t change us to accept us.  He accepts us to change us.

  19. The 101% Princple – Find the 1% you agree on and give it 100% of our effort.

  20. We must know who we are in Christ.

  21. I don’t have to be like them to reach them but I do have to like them to reach them.

  22. You got to out there where the people are.

  23. You have to be intentional to enter their world.

  24. When you enter their world you’ll be moved with compassion. The more you are with them you will love them.

  25. When you hear how messed up their world is you will have compassion on them.

  26. We must be intentional in experiencing things from their point of view.

  27. 95% of the time I hang with sinners and I mentor a lot of lost people.

  28. I’m trying to get people saved.

  29. Don’t you just love it when athiest ask you to pray.

  30. Be intentional to creatively move people toward God.

  31. I believe everyone wants to know God.

  32. The reason people don’t know God is they have a wrong picture of God.

  33. It will be amazing how much God helps you when you hang around lost people.

  34. I think the greatest gift I can give Jesus is thousands and thousands of people in Heaven who will say, “John, it is you who invited me here.”

  35. There is only one thing that counts in Heaven.  The only thing that counts is when we share the good news of the Gospel and they receive it and their life is changed.

John is simply amazing!

Once again, if you have not downloaded my free coaching on the 7 Giving Systems Every Church Must Have To Be Fully-Funded, click HERE or on the image below.

Live Blog From The Gathering Conference – 25 Leadership Quotes And Lesson From Efrem Smith

The following is a post from Brian Dodd, Director of New Ministry Partnerships and can also be found on his site: BrianDoddOnLeadership.com.

For the next two days I will attending The Gathering Conference.  The Gathering happens every four years and is chance for the finest Wesleyan pastors in America to gather and discuss today’s leadership issues.  I will be representing INJOY Stewardship Solutions and while here will be bringing you some of the quality leadership content provided.

As a gift from INJOY Stewardship, click HERE to download the most popular coaching session I conducted in 2018 – The Seven Giving Systems Every Church Needs To Be Fully-Funded.  This informative session will help you have all the resources needed to carry out this year’s ministry plans.  Simply click HERE or on the image provided to get your complimentary coaching.

The evenings plenary speaker was Efrem Smith.  Efrem is a consultant, speaker, author and co-lead pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community.  He is passionate about life transformation, racial righteousness, thriving churches and community development.

The following are 25 Leadership Quotes And Lesson From Efrem Smith I captured from his incredible session on stopping and dying to ourselves:

  1. When you are in a rushed, busy world the last thing you want to do is stop.

  2. Stopping is not preventing me from what I’m called to do.

  3. Maybe stopping is a blessing.

  4. We need to stop to discover the love God has for us.

  5. In your true identity you are loved by God as you are.

  6. We are not of this world.

  7. The world does not know us because we are not of us this world.

  8. The world does not recognize you. But that’s OK.

  9. My citizenship is in another place.

  10. We need to stop in the name of love to discover our love for one another.

  11. Sin brought dysfunction.

  12. We should give God glory through a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, Christ-centered mosaic.

  13. From the beginning we were made to be beloved and love one another well.

  14. We need to stop and discover a love that unleashes compassion and justice.

  15. Kingdom justice comes out of the overflow of love and humility.

  16. Sustained anger rooted in deep unforgiveness doesn’t produce Kingdom justice.

  17. We know how to address racism and sexism.

  18. Busyness and rushing ministry might be breaking the heart of God.

  19. The most revolutionary thing God did is when God stopped.

  20. There was a day when the whole world got dark and Jesus stopped on the cross.

  21. The day God stopped, love moved.

  22. If God stopped, you and I ought to stop.

  23. Jesus laid down His life and you and I ought to lay down our lives.

  24. There are some things we’ve got to die to before we preach.

  25. There are some things we’ve got to die to before we pray.

What an amazing way to start the event!  Make sure you check back tomorrow evening as the plenary speaking is none other than my spiritual hero, Dr. John Maxwell!

Once again, if you have not downloaded my free coaching on the 7 Giving Systems Every Church Must Have To Be Fully-Funded, click HERE or on the image below.

The Ship Podcast: The Front Lines of Launching Multi-Site

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Welcome to Episode 13 of The Ship Podcast! On today’s episode, we have invited Rich Birch to speak about his leadership experiences. Rich has been on the front line of launching thirteen church campuses and will explain what has contributed to this success. Rich is also the host of the unSeminary blog and podcast offering immediately practical advice to pastors.

Key Points:

  • Rich shares his experiences from the launch of Connexus Church in Ontario, Canada.

  • Hear Rich explain what signs you should look for before launching a multi-site campus.

  • Rich explains the importance of building a good relationship with volunteers as you grow your church.

  • Rich shares about his experiences from working with INJOY Stewardship Solutions on a Capital Campaign.

Guest: Rich Birch
Facebook: Rich Birch
Twitter: @richbirch
Website: unseminary.com

Become Fully-Funded in 2019

What comes to your mind when you think of INJOY Stewardship Solutions? Recently, Mike Linch, senior pastor of NorthStar Church, shared what our partnership meant to him and how his church has become fully funded.


Interested in your church become fully-funded in 2019? Check out our 1-Day Online Church Leadership & Stewardship Summit. Learn more HERE


INJOY Stewardship Solutions helps you personally. Mike told the team he was at a loss of how to address the church’s debt and all he could do was see “rubble.” Using Nehemiah as his point of reference, Mike mentioned how the advice of his consultant “changed everything,” and he was finally able to dream again. A capital campaign can be a daunting experience for pastors because it is measurable and a potentially complicated process. You cannot preach your way through a capital campaign. You must lead yourself and others through a capital campaign. Mike said, “I didn’t want to fail, and you guys showed up. You showed up with the right words at the right moment and the right time. It was exactly what I needed.”

INJOY Stewardship Solutions helps your church. This is a spiritual journey, not a fundraiser. A vision-driven effort is about connecting people to the heart of God and trusting Him in a sacrificial manner. With many options concerning how to move forward, NorthStar’s leaders unanimously agreed to get out of debt as a church. By helping lead the church through a discipleship process of Struggling to Stability to Surrender to Sacrifice, they're able to shout “WE ARE DEBT FREE!!!”

INJOY Stewardship Solutions helps you help your community. With the debt now paid off, NorthStar Church is leveraging the funds which used to go to the bank to its community and other Kingdom-minded organizations. Mike said, “We began to help others build their walls because you helped us build ours.” The poor and under-resourced in their community are now being served at a greater level. Hundreds of children were able to have Christmas gifts. More people now have homes and reliable transportation. NorthStar Church is providing hope and healing at increased levels.

Interested in seeing this happen at your church? INJOY Stewardship is hosting a FREE 1-Day Online Church Leadership and Stewardship Summit. Learn how your church can become fully-funded in 2019 and walk away with the tools, plans, and resources needed to go to the next level.