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Asking for Big Gifts in Tough Times

Keys to securing large contributions in tight situations.

Asking for Big Gifts in Tough Times

If money going into the offering plate is down, should a church take on an ambitious ministry that requires special fundraising? Or take on a capital campaign to build a new building?

At least three experts offer a qualified "yes." They may be your church's avenue to spiritual growth during a difficult period of time.

And don't shy away from asking for large donations. Just make certain you know how to ask.

A New View of Money

Brian Kluth, a pastor and author of the book, 40 Days Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life,says challengingeconomic circumstances mirror the time of Haggai.

"God allowed some cold economic winds to blow," Kluth says, "and his message was 'It's time to consider your ways.' The people had made generosity a low priority, while spending lavishly on their own things."

For more than 40 years, giving to churches has declined, ...

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