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STATISTICS & TRENDS on Church Giving and Budgeting - Our ministry provides cutting edge www.STATEofthePLATE.info research on CHURCH GIVING & BUDGETING and PERSONAL FINANCES & GIVING.  Click for current and past research results

 

FREE eBook: Increase Church Giving...50 BEST Church Practices & 80 BEST Websites

This #1 valuable resource will be a great help to any church to determine proactive and proven ways and resources to help them inspire generosity and increase giving.  Click for FREE 16 page eBook

5 Ways to Inspire Generosity in a Struggling Economy  This article by Brian Kluth appeared in RICK WARREN'S MINISTRY TOOL BOX that is sent to 102,000 pastors and leaders worldwide.   Html File

Church Stewardship Ideas: 7 Latest Trends on an Old Subject  This article by Brian Kluth appeared in the Religious Products News magazine.   Html File

"40 Day Journey to a More Generous Life"

THIS BESTSELLING BIBLE DEVOTIONAL has over 300,000 copies in print and has been used by HUNDREDS of churches to inspire generosity and increase giving for annual giving, building projects, or debt retirement.

This is one of the few resources available in America that was specifically written to teach and encourage greater Biblical generosity throughout an entire congregation!  Each congregation can decide the "best method" for using this booklet - - distributed churchwide to every family in the congregation and/or to use in small groups/classes. 

For more info - click here    For a downloadable sample - click here

How to Raise the Generosity Tide in Your Church - Why and how to have an effective generosity initiative or stewardship campaign   Html File  Generosity teaching in churches has been declining for decades.  In this vacuum, Christians are living a materialistic lifestyle that has led to a 30 year decline in the percentage of income that Christians give to the Lord's work.  This article outlines an effective plan to help reverse these trends for churches everywhere and any size. 

How To Help Your Church Overcome A Slump In Summer Offerings: 5 Things "Not To Do" and "5 Things To Do"  Html File  Read 5 true-to-life "bad" examples of what some churches do to increase offerings ALONG with 5 pro-active and positive things churches can do to help overcome the impact of a summer slump in their giving.

12-Month Church Stewardship Planning Worksheet AND 50 Best Church Practices & Resources Downloadable PDF Document    This cutting edge resources was developed through Brian's national seminar ministry and his interaction with some of the largest and most influential churches in America (although churches of ALL SIZES will find valuable ideas and resources THEY can put to use in their congregation.

        

CONFIDENTIAL WORKSHEET: What are the giving patterns in your church?  In many churches, 1/3 of the people give $0, 1/3 give under $500, and only 1/3rd give over $500.  In some larger churches, up to 50% of the giving records are blank ($0).  This helpful confidential worksheet will allow church leaders understand what is happening with the giving patterns in their local congregation.  There is a "blank" worksheet copy for the church to use and a "sample" copy of how to fill out the worksheet.    Download PDF Worksheet

10 Things Every Pastor and Church Leader Needs to Know About Funding Ministry  Html file   Pdf File   Important truths for generosity in your church and financial peace in your congregation

WORKSHEET: Annual Planning Guide with 23 Proven Ideas for Churches  Html file  Pdf File   Use this invaluable planning tool to develop a holistic and strategic plan to increase financial teaching and generosity in your congregation.

Manual: "Because I Love You FAMILY ORGANIZER" This 48-page manual provides helpful information, ideas, and forms to better communicate your medical wishes, financial information, Biblical generosity, funeral planning, and family legacy with loved ones and professionals.  This can be ordered for personal use OR for distribution to all the families in your church, ministry, or group.  CLICK HERE for a DOWNLOADABLE PREVIEW COPY, accompanying sermon message (audio), and/or ordering information.

Guide to Increasing Church Giving for Pastors & Church Leaders  

This 9 page downloadable booklet will share with you WHY and HOW to conduct an all-church generosity initiative to unleash joyful giving in your church.  The guide also gives you the "45 Best Generosity Practices of Leading Churches", a 12 month stewardship planning worksheet, and affordable and easy to use resources for use in your church.  This ebook is included in the  $49.95 special internet price for $800 of downloadable generosity resources.

10 Ways to Help Increase a Congregations Giving 10-25% or more!   Html file  Pdf File    These time-tested ideas can give your church the needed boost to meet and surpass your current budget for greater ministry outreach and impact!

10 Guiding Financial Principles & Policies For A Local Church  Html file   Pdf File   A helpful resource for your church board or finance team to model or modify for your purposes

20 FAST FACTS on financial and generosity issues impacting Americans, Christians and Churches  Listen to MP3 audio version   Html file  Pdf File   MSWord    These eye-opening statistics will enable pastors to see the importance of teaching God's Biblical principles on financial and generosity matters.   Listen to MP3 audio version

ONLINE VIDEOS, audio, and handouts of generosity and financial sermons and seminars. 

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 2 page document: 50 BEST Church Practices & 80 BEST Websites to Increase Church Giving

Downloadable PDF Document   The average church only uses 4-10 ways to teach Biblical financial truth and encourage generosity.  But research from some of America's best churches shows their are more than 60 ways to help your congregation in this vital area. Downloadable PDF Document

Controversial question: Should Pastors Know How Much People Give?  One of the most controversial subjects among pastors, church leaders, and members is to try to tackle the question, "Should the pastor know how much people give?"  From Brian experience in training thousands of pastors and church leaders, he has discovered this is the WRONG question to ask.  CLICK HERE to find out what Brian feels is the RIGHT QUESTION to ask about people's giving practices!

The following downloadable and reprintable GENEROSITY flyers / tracts / pamphlets / booklets can be used in your church to quietly but effectively promote Biblical generosity to EVERYONE in your congregation.  TYPICAL USES of these generosity flyers include: Insert with giving statements, insert in church bulletin, put in your lobby literature racks, put as an article in your ministry's newsletter or website, use during a building campaign to encourage creative and more generous giving, insert in parachurch receipt or fundraising letter, etc.   CLICK TO PREVIEW...

                  

3 Reasons to Do Generosity Teaching Early In the Year Plus a list of proven and ready-to-download-and-use resources to take your congregation to a whole new level of generosity in the coming year.  Html File

How to Serve Your Congregation While Receiving the Biggest Financial Gifts Your Church Will Ever Receive  A new web-based estate planning service can help churches serve their families and also unleash valuable resources for God's work.  Html File

Biblical Stewardship: Christianity's Silent Subject Html file   Pdf File   An eye-opening summary of why Biblical financial and generosity truths are not being taught in our churches.

Biblical Stewardship: Breaking the Silence Html file  Pdf File  10 important truths and trends about what can be done to address financial and generosity matters in our churches.

How to Increase Your Offerings 10-25%: Important Year End and New Year Generosity Strategies for Churches Html file  Proven strategies churches can use to increase offerings 10-25% or more

Changing Paradigms - The State of Stewardship in the 21st Century  Html file   This message was delivered at a national Generous Giving Conference in Atlanta, GA and delivers valuable insights on matters of Biblical stewardship in our nation, churches, seminaries, ministries and internationally. 

Electronic Envelopes - Allowing Interested Church Members to Give Their Offerings Through Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) or Online Giving  Html file

SAMPLE CHURCH POLICY: 90-Day Money Back Tithing Guarantee  Html file  Successfully modeled by John Maxwell, here is a sample policy for allowing you to challenge people to begin tithing their income to God's work

GENEROSITY TRACT/FLYER: Count Your Blessings: A Pathway to Greater Joy & Generosity  Html file  PDF Printable Flyer

This article is also available as a flyer for distribution in churches.   (click here to get more info about using this flyer in your church or ministry)  The flyer tells the story of how anyone can increase their giving 2-3 times what they are now doing, based on Brian's example of how he and his wife learned to "count their blessings" in order to greatly increase their giving to the Lord.

GENEROSITY TRACT/FLYER: Understanding the Grace of Giving  Html file  This article (also available as a flyer that can be purchased or reprinted) gives people valuable insights into why they should be faithful Biblical givers to the Lord's work.

WORKSHEET: Treasurer's Annual Report for Giving Patterns in the Congregation - This helpful worksheet will help church leaders understand what is happening with the giving patterns in their local congregation.  There is a "blank" worksheet copy for the church to use and a "sample" copy of how to fill out the worksheet.   Downloadable MSWord Document   Html

CHART: 21st Century Church Financial and Generosity Trends  Pdf File    This document highlights old and ineffective ways of addressing stewardship in the church with NEW & EMERGING WAYS to impact your congregation with Biblical financial and generosity teaching.

Saddleback Church's Model for Faith Raising, Not Fund Raising  Html file    This Christianity Today article tells how Saddleback Church consistently develops generous givers in their purpose driven model.  Written by Forrest Reinhardt.

Church Membership Profile and Ministry Worksheet  Pdf File  When people becomes members of your church, here is a sample worksheet you can use to collect vital information that will allow you to steward the human and spiritual resources of people that can is bringing to your church family.

Sample Quarterly Church Financial Newsletters  April Sample Pdf File  July Sample Pdf File  Sample 3 Pdf File   Sample 4 Pdf File   Here are some samples of past quarterly financial newsletters Brian has used in his church.  These samples should give you helpful ideas of what you could include in a financial newsletter you send out with giving statements and giving charts (see below).

Sample Church Financial Newsletter (when the church's offerings were running 16% behind the budget)  Sample Pdf File  Here is a sample of a financial newsletter Brian used in his church when the church was running 16% behind budget as of April 30th. 

GIVING CHARTS to send with church financial newsletter - These charts will show people if their giving is current or not based upon what they intended to give.   May 31 Chart Pdf file - Jun 30 Chart Pdf file  - July 31 Chart Pdf file 

TITHING GIVING CHART  to send out annually with a financial letter or newsletter to help people determine their giving intentions.   Pdf File
Tithing and giving charts (listed above) COMBINED into a single document   Pdf File of May, June, July & Tithing Chart
Sample SELF-ADDRESSED GIVING ENVELOPE for use with financial newsletters (i.e. "catch up" or "we're out of town" offerings) or for use with fundraising efforts for designated funds (missions, building, love offerings, etc.)    Pdf File

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Companies for Churches and Ministries   www.networkforgood.org   www.vancoservices.com   www.e-tithes.com   www.directtithing.com   www.etransfer.com  www.cathedralstewardship.com  www.smartpaymentsolutions.com   www.egive-usa.com   www.churchwerks.com   www.egivingsystems.org  www.etransfer.com

VOLUNTEER & RETIREE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE LORD  Html file  This list provides contact information for individuals and couples that want to actively serve the Lord, especially during their retirement years.

ALL-CONGREGATION ADULT SURVEY This survey was conducted near the end of a worship service to assess the spiritual life, demographics, giving patterns, ministry involvement, interests, and attitudes towards a pending relocation of the adult members in our congregation.  Congregational Survey   Cong Executive Summary   Excel Tabulations

        

Church Building Projects and Stewardship Campaigns:

A Proven Model for a Debt-Free Building Project  Html file  Pdf File  
7 Lessons from Churches that Conducted Successful Building Fund Campaigns  Html file   Pdf File  
9 Questions to Ask BEFORE Considering A Building Fund Project   Html file   Pdf File  
10 Reasons to Consider Purchasing an Existing Building for Your Church Expansion  While most church leaders think of buying land and building a new church facility to handle their expansion need, there may be a much more economical, effective, and exciting option just down the street from where you're now meeting.   Html file
Where Will the Money Come From?  Building Fund Giving Ideas from A to Z  Html file

Biblical Resources for Personal Study, Preaching or Teaching:

30 Biblical Principles for Financial Peace and Freedom  Pdf File   MSWord   Listen to this Message   Brian's sermon series and seminar materials gives God's ancient wisdom to help modern people find true financial stability in unstable times.  Sampler of accompanying PowerPoint presentation available for purchase.    Spanish version    India Hindi version 
10 Keys to Finding Financial Stability in Unstable Times  Pdf File   MSWord  Listen to this Message   Brian has given this as a church sermon series or as a seminar at The Navigators Glen Eyrie Castle, family conferences and large churches.  Material also includes Quips & Quotes on financial and generosity matters.  Downloadable documents are prepared for use in a booklet format.  Sampler of accompanying PowerPointPresentation available for purchase    
Sermon on the aMount  Pdf File  MSWord  God's Word clearly identifies different financial circumstances in people's lives where giving to God was a vital part of the breakthrough they needed in their lives.
Godís 3 Legged Financial Stool - The Bible's Plan for Financial Stability & Security  Html file   MSWord   Listen to this Message  This message was given by Brian at Promise Keepers Stadium Events in the New York-New Jersey area and Kansas City
A View from the Pew: 4 Different Stewardship Views Contrasted  Html file   Pdf File  MSWord This is a great resource to help you understand the difference between "Prosperity Gospel Theology", "Poverty Theology", "American Dream Consumerism" and "Biblical Stewardship" theologies.
40 Life Changing Truths: Biblical Wisdom and Warnings on Wealth and Generosity Pdf File   600+ Scriptures on finances summarized into 40 teachable truths [For more information on the daily devotional version with each verse listed out, click here]
A 40-Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life This 40-day devotional guide was develop by Brian for use in his own church and other churches to teach people to be more joyfully generous to God's work.  This booklet includes daily Bible readings on 40 generosity/finance topics, famous quotes, weekly financial projects to help people assess their income - lifestyle - assets - giving, weekly discussion questions, giving articles, and recommended resources.  This is available for purchase on a personal basis, as a church-wide emphasis, or to assist a church in a building drive or stewardship campaign.   More Information
12 Biblical Financial Principles outlined in the word: T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G.  Html file   Pdf File    MSWord   Listen to this Message   This was a November sermon series entitled: "Finding True Financial Stability in Unstable Times - Live a Life of T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G."  
God's High Calling for Christian Leaders - Raising Resources for Ministry  Pdf File   MSWord   Listen to this Message   Discover the Bible's heroes of the faith that led God's people to acts of generosity to expand God's work in their generosity.
10 Reasons to Teach People to Give 10% OR MORE of their Income to the Lord's Work  Html file  Pdf File     Spanish version.

SERMON SERIES: 20 Biblical Principles for Breaking Free From the Bondage of Money & Materialism  Html file

100 Scriptures on Generosity  Html file   Pdf File    MicrosoftWord   Use fr sermon preparation OR for a weekly generosity verse in the bulletin or on the screen during offertory.  Sampler of accompanying PowerPoint presentation available for purchase.    Purchase full PowerPoint presentation
Bible References for 27 Financial Topics  Pdf File  This is a great resources for understanding God's will and wisdom on a variety of practical financial topics.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: 20 Financial & Generosity Fast Facts Pdf File   MSWord  Listen to this Message  Brian Kluth's national research shows that American Christians are in deep financial trouble and need Biblical truth to transform their lives from the bondage of materialism, indebtedness and shallow giving.  
Count Your Blessings: A Pathway to Greater Joy & Generosity  Html file  This article (also available as a flyer that can be purchased or reprinted) gives people a proven way to joyfully double and triple their giving to the Lord's work.
5 Ways People Will Benefit From Giving 10% or More of Their Income to God's Work  Html file

Money Matters: Biblical and Practical Insights Into Generosity and Finances  Html file   Pdf File   MSWord  This article is taken from a book chapter that Brian wrote for a Broadman-Holman discipleship book entitled, "Christianity: A Follower's Guide"   

100 Scriptures & Practical Ideas for a Generous Life  Pdf File   MSWord  This sermon (or  flyer) promotes 5 levels of spiritual formation that will lead people to a more generous life and lifestyle.
"NET OR GROSS?" and Other Practical Advice on Christian Giving  Html file
WHICH CROWN FINANCIAL MINISTRIES RESOURCES are right for your church or group?  This excellent side-by-side comparison highlights Crown's 11 different teaching resources for church, small group or personal use (for adults, college-age, business people, teens and children) Pdf File    Crown's website is: www.crown.org

Financial Counseling or Resources for Personal Use:

Count Your Blessings: A Pathway to Greater Joy & Generosity   Html file

Money Matters: Biblical and Practical Insights Into Generosity and Finances  Html file  Pdf File  MSWord  This article is taken from a book chapter that Brian wrote for a Broadman-Holman discipleship book entitled, "Christianity: A Follower's Guide"

"NET OR GROSS?" and Other Practical Advice on Christian Giving  Html file
Bible References for 27 Financial Topics  Pdf File  This is a great resources for understanding God's will and wisdom on a variety of practical financial topics.
12 Steps Out of Financial Bondage  Html file
40 Life Changing Truths: Biblical Wisdom and Warnings on Wealth and Generosity  Pdf File  600+ Scriptures on finances summarized into 40 teachable truths [For more information on the daily devotional version with each verse listed out, click here]

Dealing with Debt Problems - Truths and Tactics on How to Deal with Serious Financial Difficulties   Html file

8 Ways People Can Stretch Their Money  Html file
10 Proven Steps Out of Financial Trouble for Ministries Html file
Financial Worksheet: Taking a Snap Shot of Your Current Financial Situation  Html file

 

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES: Availability of Brian's materials in 21 languages (from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, India)

CONTACT INFO: ►Cell: 719-930-4000  Fax: 719-634-7933  bk@kluth.org   5201 Pinon Valley Road  Colorado Springs, CO  80919

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