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5 Ways to Inspire Generosity

What you can do today to boost offerings at church.

Studies have shown that 85 percent of pastors are uncomfortable preaching on money. Over the last 40 years, seminaries rarely have taught pastors how to preach on the topic of biblical giving or personal and church finances. Consequently, many churches rely on a once-a-year—or once in a while—message from the pulpit on tithing. Historically, this has been enough to help bolster the budget until December when the annual year-end bump in giving helps bring church budgets into the black.

But those days are over, according to results from the 2010 State of the Plate research on church giving conducted by MAXIMUMGenerosity and Christianity Today International. The national survey of more than 1,000 churches showed an unprecedented two-year decline in giving. In 2009, State of the Plate research showed 29 percent of churches experiencing a dip in giving; this year 38 percent saw giving ...

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