Moving Beyond the Budget: Embracing the Three Critical Areas of Church Finance
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Moving Beyond the Budget: Embracing the Three Critical Areas of Church Finance

By Rickey Letson, CBF Congregational Stewardship Officer My wife and I had our annual financial review recently. Our advisor has worked with us for years and the hour-long meeting had a very natural, conversational tone to it. Over the course of the call, we moved between three major topics. We started by discussing our careers, current salaries … Continue reading

Not All Months Are Alike: Historic Giving Trends & Monthly Revenue Goals
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Not All Months Are Alike: Historic Giving Trends & Monthly Revenue Goals

By Rickey Letson, CBF Congregational Stewardship Officer When I was a pastor, I always dreaded seeing the January church financial report. The first month of the year was almost always our worst month from a giving perspective. In our church, only July rivaled January for the top spot in the list of low giving months.  Each … Continue reading

The Employee Retention Credit: Another Payroll Credit for Churches?
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The Employee Retention Credit: Another Payroll Credit for Churches?

By Rickey Letson, CBF Congregational Stewardship Officer The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) opened up a whole new world for many churches. For the first time in their existence, churches applied for and received forgivable government loans in the early days of COVID-19.  Of course, there was a lot of debate about the ethics of congregations taking … Continue reading

More From Less? Two Potential Trends in Church Giving
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More From Less? Two Potential Trends in Church Giving

By Rickey Letson Perhaps the most unexpected element of church giving over the past two years has been just how well many congregations have fared despite the effects of COVID. Without question, not every church has weathered these two years in solid financial shape. But many congregations have done exceedingly well and, in some cases, have had … Continue reading

Giving Year End Stock and IRA Gifts: A Tax Beneficial Way to Support Your Church
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Giving Year End Stock and IRA Gifts: A Tax Beneficial Way to Support Your Church

As we near the end of 2021, members of your congregations are thinking about making charitable gifts to their churches and other charitable causes. While tax deductions are not the primary reason that people of faith give, it is a factor that most people do consider. We want to share two ways that members of … Continue reading

Keeping Church Financial Focus During the Holidays
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Keeping Church Financial Focus During the Holidays

November and December are two of the busiest months of the year for churches. The Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas seasons add numerous activities to the typical congregational calendar that require lots of energy and focus.  With so many events, worship services and holiday gatherings to juggle, it is easy to let stewardship matters fade to … Continue reading