Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is the CEO of Vanco Payment Solutions.

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Happy Anniversary to Voices on Stewardship

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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We’re celebrating Voices on Stewardship’s first anniversary!

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Numbers your church needs to track (but many don’t)

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Churches sometimes shy away from discussing or even examining numbers other than membership and budget. As someone who frequently talks with churches that are either thriving or shrinking, I find that most only look at these key indicators when they are great, or when it’s too late.

Numbers and reports should never take away from your mission, but monitoring certain metrics beyond what may be typical can help you understand what’s going on in your church. People sometimes believe that numbers make the mission impersonal. I would suggest that few things are more personal than rolling up your sleeves and really looking at how your members contribute their time and gifts to the church. The sooner the better, as it gives you the chance to make changes early on. Waiting to act until after an issue becomes critical might be too little, too late. 

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Making the case for credit card giving

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2017 2:04:59 PM

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Do you remember the movie Jerry Maguire? In it, the character Rod Tidwell hollers at his agent, “help me help you.” Churchgoers are asking the same of their churches when it comes to electronic giving.

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Should churches stop passing the collection plate?

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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e-Giving still has plenty of room to grow, but various surveys show that churches have adopted it at a steady pace over the past few years to offer contribution options that today’s churchgoers prefer, no matter what their age.

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Keeping the Stewardship Conversation Alive

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[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Voices on Stewardship was born out of conversations I had with clients, pastors and people at my own church – more folks than I would have imagined telling me that they need additional information and insight to encourage greater generosity among their congregations, especially when it comes to e-Giving.

This is a critical issue to church survival, since giving to churches continues to decline as a percentage of overall charitable donations, even as overall contributions reached an all-time high last year, according to Giving USA.

Knowing that excellent websites, books and consultants already were available, I wondered what we could do to help.

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Positive energy drives increased summer generosity

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Fewer people may be around this summer, but there is still a lot of positive energy coming from your church. Keeping everyone up to speed on your activities and events is important for building a thriving ministry and creating a congregation of cheerful givers.

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The intersection of traditional and electronic giving

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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When people began giving money to churches in the 1800s, the change coincided with the general use of cash and checks in our industrialized nation. Commerce involved the passing of these representations of money between people and banks. But something happened around 70 years ago that moved society into a new phase of commerce – the creation of the charge card.

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The Evolution of Give by Text: Is Your Church Part of It?

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[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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Twenty-three years ago this week, the first-ever text message was sent. Six years ago next month, a record number of people tried a new concept in donations called text-to-give when a huge earthquake struck Haiti. Today, technological advancements have made texting and making donations or paying bills through text messages a common and rewarding event in our lives.

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Black Friday sends more signals of the shift to online

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[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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It has been coming for years. Now, it is yet another signal that the way many of us prefer to spend money has changed.

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Churches’ Most Active Members Want e-Giving the Most

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[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Churches want to offer their members the ways to give that will best support their mission. That is why we want to provide them with data that will help them understand how their members feel about different methods of giving.

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