3rd Quarter Giving Statements

It’s October 2 so its time to start thinking about your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements.

I haven’t written our third quarter letter yet but I will post it here as soon as I do (for a sample of my 2nd Quarter Giving Letter click here).  The obvious issue to address in the letter is the ecomony. My letter will be a letter of hope and encouragement. I suggest you do the same.

Here’s items you can start thinking about and preparing for as you get ready for your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements:

– The financial statements (make sure all giving data thru September 30 is entered).

– The inserts (what are you going to put in with the letter.  Could you use the letter to promote a November series or an upcoming special event).

– An offering envelope (always enclose one that your givers can mail back to your office.  Do you need to get some printed?).

– Auto-debit forms (it’s not too late to get this set-up; call you bank today. You can take them our auto-debit form to show them what you want to do – download it here)

– A speciality item (A pen for example, gives your letter bulks and encourages people to open your letter.  We sent a tin of mints with our second quarter giving letter.  Your letter is a waste if no one opens it).

– The mailing envelope for the packet (will it be a regular envelope or a custom envelope.  I suggest you avoid window envelopes).

– Postage (you might consider doing this mailing via first class mail so you’ll receive the address updates from the postal service for anyone who moves.  This will help you clean up your database).

And finally, there’s your target mail date. When will the letters/packets go into the mail.  I’m planning for ours to hit in mid-October.

I hope this helps you prepare.  I gotta run…I’ve got a giving letter to write!


P.S. For my complete thoughts on a Stewardship System, check out The Stewardship Seminar and my collection of Stewardship Sermons by clicking here.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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