How to Plan a Special Year-End Offering

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“In the presence of many special offerings, none of them will be special.”

Some churches have ten, fifteen or even twenty special offerings every year. This poses a problem because it allows people to pick and choose which ministries they would like to contribute to and those they do not want to give to. Including these “special” offerings into your church’s annual budget will ensure that all of the ministries have funds available and when you are ready to conduct a special offering, it will truly be special.

Once you have people participating in regular giving, you can plan to have a special offering. A natural time to conduct one of these offerings is during the Christmas season as a year-end offering. In 6 Steps to Plan a Year-End Offering, INJOY Stewardship's President & CEO, Joe Sangl, shares everything your church will need to accomplish a successful year-end giving push. These six steps are simple, practical and crucial to making sure you end 2018 on a high note and get a great start to 2019. Check out this on-demand video today, and ensure you have do not miss anything during your special year-end offering this year.

6 Steps To Plan A Year-End Offering

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Are you planning to do a year-end giving push at your church? If so, INJOY Stewardship President and CEO, Joe Sangl, has some important tips to make sure that you are able to maximize your year-end giving campaign and start off 2019 on the right foot. Remember, you never have to recover from a great start!

Christmas is the natural giving season making it the perfect time to conduct a year-end offering. This season is quickly approaching so now is the time to make sure everything is in place to ensure a great year-end offering.

During this on-demand video, Joe shares 6 Steps to Plan a Year-End Offering. Joe explains how to make an offering truly special by making sure you have a clear vision and then taking the time to plan your giving push accordingly. These steps are simple but effective and can be the difference between having an okay year-end giving season and a great year-end offering. Check it out and get your plan in motion today!

The Top 25 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst 2018

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Last week, INJOY Stewardship Solutions dispatched our Director of New Ministry Partnerships, Brian Dodd, to Catalyst ’18 in Atlanta. Catalyst is a 2-day experience geared towards helping leaders build great churches, growing strong teams, and being a catalyst for change. This year’s theme was Fully Alive based on what the Bible says in John 10:10 – “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that you might have life and have it to the full."

The following are The Top 25 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst 2018. These thoughts will improve your thinking and accelerate your personal growth as a leader.

Life.Church Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel spoke on the dangers of comparison.

  • We fall prey to the cancer of comparison. The fastest way to kill something special is to compare it to something else.

  • Becoming obsessed with what people think of you is the fastest way to forget what God thinks of you.

  • You can’t please everybody. You can please God.

  • God never called me to be important. God will never say, “Well done my good and important servant.” If I am faithful, I am doing things that are important.

  • Nobody can beat you at being you created by God.

John Mark Comer, Pastor of Teaching and Vision at Bridgetown Church, spoke on what it truly means to follow Jesus.

  • If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.

  • As a pastor, if I can’t say “Follow Jesus the way I follow Jesus,” then I have no business leading a church. The best thing you bring to leadership is your own transformed soul.

  • Your life is your message, not just your sermon or podcast.

  • Our churches will live up or down to our level of maturity.

  • We need to slow our life way down to fit it into our potential. People are just too busy to live anything close to a life of emotional health. People in a hurry do not have time to love. Hurry is incompatible with joy. The secret to happiness is present to the moment.

Dr. Henry Cloud

  • Nobody gets burned out in a learning environment. You get burned out in a critical environment.

Devon Franklin

  • Too many times we get excited about a celebrity we have never met. There is no celebrity that got on the cross. No celebrity is greater than Jesus Christ.

  • There can be no transformation without transparency. The future leader is a transparent leader.

  • Part of our strength is admitting our weakness because it allows Jesus to step in and be our strength.

  • We want the victory, but we have too much vanity to go get it.

Lisa Bevere

  • We have become a generation who criticizes, not prophecies. It takes no spirit to criticize.

  • The youth are not our replacements. They are our reinforcements.

  • We are a generation whose opinions form your convictions rather than your convictions forming your opinions.

  • We are in the last days.

Pastor Choco De Jesus, Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago

  • The greatest legacy I can leave on planet Earth is that my three children love the Lord.

  • America is in trouble, but the greatest answer is the church of Jesus Christ.

  • You are an overcomer. You’re a child of the Living God. Your father is a king. Act like it.

  • I still believe in altars. It is a place where you die. It is a place where you leave things.

  • We want to understand. Understanding can wait but obedience cannot. You cannot understand the plans of God. They’re too big.

Finally, if you wish to read Andy Stanley’s sessions, please click the following links:

Conducting a Successful Year-End Giving Push

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Do you feel like this year has flown by? Well don’t blink because Christmas will be here before you know it. We know that time can get away from you and that is why we brought in Michael Lukaszewski to talk about Year-End Giving in Episode 10 of The Ship Podcast. Michael has some great tips on how to conduct a successful Year-End Giving push at your church in 2018.

Key Points:

  • Michael explains the importance of having the right purpose in mind when conducting a year end offering.

  • Hear how to change your mindset from a dollar goal to instead a participation goal when it comes to your year end giving goals.

  • Matthew asks Michael to share the biggest mistake a church can make in year end giving.

  • Michael shares the ideal time to start planning your year end giving along with when (and how!) you should bring the event to your congregation.

Guest: Michael Lukaszewski
Twitter: @mlukaszewski
Facebook: @michaellukaszewski


How Much Could Your Church Raise During a Campaign?

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Are you thinking about launching a capital campaign at your church? Are you interested to know how much money you could raise during a campaign?

If so, utilize our Capital Campaign Calculator to get an accurate answer. This calculator only requires a small amount of information about your church, and then our team at INJOY Stewardship Solutions will provide you with a customized projection for your potential campaign.

Once you have seen how much money your church can raise, our team will be there to help you along the way to make sure your campaign runs smoothly and is effectively executed.

A few minutes can change the course of your capital campaign. Check out the calculator today!

Looking for the Right Words?

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Are you looking for the right words to tell your pastor(s) just how thankful you are for them? You're always grateful for your pastor(s) and the hard work they continuously put into your church but October is an exceptionally special month to be grateful. But why? Because October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

We know that finding the right words to say to someone who does so much can be difficult. That is why, Brian Dodd here at INJOY Stewardship Solutions, has crafted the words for you. These words come from Brian’s book: Timeless: 10 Enduring Practices of Apex Leaders. Your leadership can read this excerpt during a weekend worship service to honor your pastor and/or staff throughout the month. Make sure you download your copy of the script so that you can let your pastor know just how much you truly appreciate all the hard work they do.

What Should You Ask a Potential Campaign Partner?

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If you have begun your search for the perfect capital campaign partner, then you know just how daunting of a task it can be. There are so many variables and choosing the right partner is crucial to the success of your campaign.

If you want to know if the company you are considering is the right fit, there are ten questions you should ask. INJOY Stewardship Solutions has cultivated 10 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Campaign Partner to help simplify your journey.

Before you make a decision on your partner, you want to make sure you have a clear understanding of the company's background, their track record, and their processes. This document will make sure that you have all the critical questions answered so that your church's campaign can be a spiritual journey and not just a fundraiser.

Does Your Giving Matter?

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As you may or may not have heard, the 2018 Tax Reform Act that was passed at the end of 2017 could have massive implications on your church. The standard deduction for individuals increased from $6,350 to $12,000, and the standard deduction for joint filers increased from $12,700 to $24,000. This means that for many Americans they will move from an itemized deduction to the standard deduction because their deductions will not add up to the new standard. They will begin to notice that the items they were once able to deduct, including charitable contributions to your church, no longer matter, when it comes to their taxes at least.

It is time to get out in front of this issue and fast. If your congregation feels like their giving no longer matters, you can expect to see a considerable drop in your weekly giving in the years to come. Luckily, there are ways that you can combat this now and potentially even see an increase in your church's giving.

  1. Communicate with your church early and often throughout these last few months of 2018 and in the early months of 2019 that their giving does matter. Put stories from the last few years in front of them of what God has done as a result of their giving. Once they see and hear how God is using their gifts for life change, they will be able to say “Yes, my giving does matter, and here is why...”.

  2. Intentionally celebrate and connect the ROI (return on investment) of their giving. When people give to your church, they are ultimately investing in what God can and will do through the church.

  3. Prepare an annual report and have a night at your church where you invite those that gave to review. Share the important elements of the report and then show all that you were able to accomplish throughout the year. This will allow you to celebrate all that God has done in your church over the previous year and cast vision for the future.

  4. Automate your giving. Most people have started paying their bills online. Make sure that your givers can give through an online, recurring bank draft. Your automatic givers will be your most faithful givers.

  5. Put together a strategic funding plan for your ministry. Make sure you know what specific steps your team will take to make sure that your vision of income becomes a reality.

Ultimately, you know that giving matters. You can make sure that your members also know just how vital their giving is. Make it your goal that your members see the value of their tithes so they can tell their tax preparer, “My giving does matter.”

If you want to hear more about The 2018 Tax Reform Act, you can listen to Episode 09 of The Ship Podcast HERE.

The Most Important (And Lasting) Part Of A Successful Capital Campaign

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There are four things that every church should want as part of its capital campaign. We take a deep dive into all four in the video below, but there is one that stands above the rest.

In every capital campaign, generosity initiative, or season of giving, the most important thing a church should have is personal stories or testimonies from the members of your congregation. Let me explain.

A changed life results from trusting God at a level never before experienced and then watching Him work in that process. Every person should come out of this process with a story or testimony about what God did in their life when they trusted Him in a sacrificial manner.

A changed life is what outlives the giving period. Ten years from now very few people will remember what they gave to your 2019 capital campaign. However, they will never forget what God did in their life during the process.

Make sure you watch the video for all four. Each plays an essential role in making changed lives happen.

If you need to raise significant capital AND want to see lives changed at the same time, click here and start a conversation with our team.

4 Most Important Things Every Church Should Want When Needing To Raise Money

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When it comes to generosity and needing to raise significant money for ministry, this is my favorite post to write. Too often, people focus on all the perceived negatives – one-on-one meetings, extra work, preaching on money, etc.

But there are four essential things every church should want when needing to raise money. I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Maximum Dollars - This is a given but why you want maximum dollars is what is so compelling. Every church, whether intuitively or spelled out, has three things – a Ministry Plan, a Facility Plan, and a Funding Plan. They are all inter-related. Let me explain.

Your Ministry Plan is everything God is doing and wants to do at your church. It's your mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan. The Facility Plan is your buildings and grounds which facilitate what God wants to do. Your Funding Plan provides the fuel needed to facilitate what God wants to do.

The more funds you raise, the more of your ministry plan you will get to see fulfilled.

To hear the other three essential things every church should want when need to raise money, watch this video for my teaching on the subject. It is my favorite lesson I get to share with pastors and church leaders. I truly believe it will make you a better leader.

If you would like to have these four things happen at your church, click HERE and start a conversation with our team. We would be honored to serve you.