It’s Not Too Early

It’s Not Too Early

…to begin planning for your fall Annual Appeal! If you are a congregation or nonprofit that traditionally conducts a fall Annual Appeal, now is the time to begin preparing for it. The planning process can be tricky, for sure, particularly during this liminal space...
Staying Connected

Staying Connected

This week I will meet with a local congregation as we wrap up a successful capital campaign. During the campaign, we had good success enlisting the help of 30 volunteers who picked up the phone and engaged their fellow members. The phone calls were not solicitation...
Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

After a year filled with uncertainty, let us celebrate the one thing that never changes God’s love for you!        Have a Blessed Holy Week & Easter    John V. Clark, President/Partner The James Company (815) 353-8997 Email:...
Resilience

Resilience

I have noticed throughout the pandemic that one word consistently comes up in conversations, social media posts, newsletters, sermons, school billboards, etc. The word is resilience. The word has captured my attention and made me think about what it means for me. What...
The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking

Over the past weeks we have been exploring the three essential ingredients for strengthening your congregational finances, LEADERSHIP, RELATIONSHIPS, and AN ASKING STRATEGY.  We examined the four primary asking strategies to consider: Annual giving, Capital giving,...
Earned Income Opportunities

Earned Income Opportunities

Over the past weeks we have been exploring the three essential ingredients for strengthening your congregational finances, LEADERSHIP, RELATIONSHIPS, and AN ASKING STRATEGY.  There are four primary asking strategies to consider: Annual giving, Capital giving,...
The Importance of an Asking Strategy

The Importance of an Asking Strategy

Over the last two weeks we have been delving into the three essential ingredients for strengthening your congregational finances, starting with LEADERSHIP… followed by RELATIONSHIPS. Now we set our sights on the third ingredient… AN ASKING STRATEGY.  There...
The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships

Last week we began delving into the essential ingredients for strengthening your congregational finances, starting with the first of three ingredients… LEADERSHIP. Now we set our sights on the second ingredient… RELATIONSHIPS. Conducting Relational...