Churches looking for ways to bring in additional funding for various projects should consider developing a fundraising strategy. While most churches are focused on cutting costs (which is commendable), that is only half of the equation. Along with cutting costs, there is a need to bring in more revenue and this is where these tips can really go a long way.
Thinking Outside the Donation Box When It Comes to Fundraising
Churches need to be creative when trying to raise funds. These tips should help churches increase the total amount of money they are able to raise.
- Having a chase the ace fund raiser. Participants would purchase number tickets and a draw would take place. The winner of the draw would be asked to draw one card from a standard pack of fifty-two cards with the goal being to get the ace of spades. If the person draws anything but the ace of spades then he/she would win 20% of whatever the total sales were of the draw with fifty percent of the income from draw being allocated to the next draw and 30% is the churches revenue. With each passing draw, if the ace of spades is not found then the pot grows and so too does the amount of money the church would receive.
- Offering daycare/childcare service. One very effective way to raise funds for the church is by offering childcare/daycare services to the public. The fees being charged can be lower than what the private market charges but enough to compensate workers. With the income earned by providing these childcare services, the church will be able to invest in more family oriented activities that will foster a stronger sense of community.
- Provide tutoring services. By enlisting the help from the congregation, the church could have retired teachers provide tutoring services to the general public. These retired teachers could be paid a modest wage with the bulk of the income derived from these tutoring services going towards church activities.
We have touched on some very effective ways a church can raise money, the challenge is to implement these tips as soon as possible.
The spiritual practice of pilgrimage is very important in the Christian life, even though it’s usually only practiced in more liturgical churches (specifically Catholic and Episcopalian). It provides Christians with a way to get out of their current environment, to become more devoted to Christ and to help them seek out God in a way that is truly “away” from the world.
That’s where labyrinths can come in. Many churches overseas have labyrinths as a part of what they have available for meditation, but in the United States, they are not very common at all. It can be difficult to find this experience. But, what is a labyrinth and why would it even matter that you would want to use one in that context?
Historically, physical labyrinths were used as a substitute for pilgrimages during the Crusades. It was unsafe for Christians to go to the Holy Land, and these labyrinths would be “places away from the world” where Christians could pray and seek out the Lord as they worked their way through the maze. These are not difficult mazes – instead, they are just meant to be hidden away and are supposed to take a while to get through.
The time within the labyrinth is meant to imitate the spiritual pilgrimage that we are all on, every single day, but in a safe place away from the worries and distractions of the world that they have to face every day. For those people who are looking to go deeper into their faith and the life that they want to live, the time in the labyrinth could also be a time of refreshing and recalling their journey so that they can be encouraged to go deeper within that journey.
It’s time to make it to church on Sunday morning, so make plans now. There’s an entire congregation waiting to spread the word of Jesus Christ who wants you to be a part of the special message. Attending church service could change your life, for the better, and help you see things the way they’re meant to be seen. Take a look at five of many reasons that going to church should be a part of your Sunday schedule and make plans to be at service this coming up week.
What would Jesus do? He’d attend services, as he did regularly when he went to Nazarene for regular meetings. No one can ever be God but they can certainly follow in those righteous footsteps and live life accordingly.
- Live a Better Life
We all sin, and God helps us repent and receive forgiveness for the wrongdoings we commit during this thing called life. But, living life the way that God wants you to live it requires you step things up to the next level and learn the right ways to lead a fulfilling, pleasant life. When you’re in church regularly, you know how to lead that life and have all the positive reinforcements and encouragements needed to do that.
- A Good Habit
What better things could you think of to do on a Sunday morning? There is really nothing better in this world to do on Sunday morning than head out to church. Getting up, getting dressed and heading in to the church for worship is the absolute best way to spend your Sunday morning. You’ll develop good habits when attending church services regularly.
- Learn Positive Reinforcements
If you want to lead a positive life, you must be around those who have a positive message to spread. There’s no bigger or better message than what you learn when attending Church on a regular basis. This is the positivity that you need in your life and something that you always get when you are in church.
- Meet New People
When you attend church services, you will meet new people who love God and who want to share that message. You get to be in a positive environment and can meet new people to spend time with who only continue to enhance the positive changes that you are making in your life. You can attend church on Sunday morning or you can attend any other day that the bell rings, meeting new people each service you attend.
It’s Time to Hear the Bells Ring
The church furniture is ready and the congregation is standing there with open arms, ready to welcome you into the House of the Lord. The five reasons to attend church we’ve listed above are only some of the many reasons that it is beneficial for you to be in the church house, sitting in the church furniture, hearing the preacher spread the word. Be there or be square!