Beyond the Budget: Innovative Ways to Increase Church Revenue

This solo episode offers practical insights, strategies, and inspiring stories aimed at helping church leaders expand their fiscal horizons.

The discussion kicks off with a look back at the remarkable achievements of the ‘Best Year End Ever’ cohort, part of The Art of Leadership Academy. Success stories from various churches demonstrate the immense potential and actual impact of focused financial strategies, particularly during crucial fundraising periods like year-end campaigns.

A striking statistic sets the stage for the conversation: 10% of all charitable giving occurs in the final 48 hours of the year. This reveals the untapped opportunity for churches to enhance their fundraising efforts during this peak giving period strategically.

One key benchmark discussed is the average revenue per adult within churches. Noting a slight decline in this figure from 2022 to 2023, the episode underscores the need for fresh and innovative approaches to church revenue.

Three pivotal areas are identified for enhancing church revenue:

  1. Leadership’s Role in Revenue Growth: The episode emphasizes that the most significant driver for increasing revenue is an empowered leader focused on this goal. For larger churches, the recommendation is to consider appointing a dedicated individual, such as a Director of Generosity, to concentrate solely on revenue growth initiatives.
  2. Transforming Offering Talks: A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to revamping offering talks. It’s suggested that connecting the offering to the church’s vision, consistently expressing gratitude, and clearly instructing the congregation on how to give can significantly impact giving. The use of visual stories, such as images from the church’s ministries, is recommended to make a tangible connection between contributions and their outcomes.
  3. Fostering Relationships with Top Donors: The episode discusses the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships with top donors. This can be achieved through special events or personal meetings, focusing on appreciation and understanding their perspectives, rather than direct solicitation for further donations.

The episode wraps up with a call to action for church leaders to strategically focus on these key areas throughout the year. By doing so, churches are not just poised to meet their financial goals but are also better equipped to exceed them, thus enabling a more resourceful and impactful ministry.

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  1. Rich Thanks for this great content! As a small church Pastor who cant afford to be part of the Cohort… this has been beneficial to us even as a 30 people small church! Thanks!

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Rich Birch
Rich Birch is one of the early multi-site church pioneers in North America. He led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 5,000+ people in 18 locations. In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. He has also been a part of the lead team at Liquid Church - a 5 location multisite church serving the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. Liquid is known for it’s innovative approach to outreach and community impact. Rich is passionate about helping churches reach more people, more quickly through excellent execution.His latest book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church is an Amazon bestseller and is design to help your church reach more people in your community.