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Art Horne

Jeff and Stephen,

Thanks for sharing this podcast about church fundraising. I liked the statement about how most meetings with financial committees make the statement that they don't care about the money.

I'd like to hear more about "Churches have a core fundraising problem, but don’t know it." that you started the podcast on. I've been in fundraising for around 22 years and the organizations I worked for as a CDO or ED or consultant raised over a half a billion dollars. I'm Director of Stewardship now at New Life Church in Arkansas - a multi-site, "mega" church and think about the subject you broached in this podcast all the time. Thank you for doing this podcast. I'm a big fan of your work Jeff. I'm glad to hear from Stephen now too.

New Life Church has 12 campuses now with 4 more to add this year; so someone is always in a campaign! I'd like to hear what you say about the concept of large donors and success in campaigns in churches. Our Pastors are good communicators when they preach about money/possessions - I just wish they did it more than 2-3 weekends a year!

Without money there is no mission. Jesus spoke about money/possessions more than He talked about heaven and hell. If the church doesn't have a strong voice in teaching about this, then our people are doomed to figure it out on their own. We don't need to be afraid of this subject. The Church is willing to talk about sex, life, and will go against culture, but in the subject of money, It shies away from the conversation. I feel called to help change that - to bring confidence to churches and church leaders to speak passionately and with peace and ease to the subject.

Well, enough rambling! I thank you for your forum and for your podcast.

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Jeff Brooks is fundraisingologist at Moceanic. Steven Screen is co-founder of The Better Fundraising Company, and a past winner of the Direct Mail Package of the Year award from FundRaising Success magazine, which surprisingly led to him getting fired. Between them, they have nearly 50 years of experience helping excellent nonprofits raise money for their causes. That's a lot of years, but they aren't all that old, really. Yet.



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