The Story Behind Pastor Appreciation Month

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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The end of October also signals the end of Pastor Appreciation Month, so I would like to take one more opportunity to encourage you to rally support from your congregation and church community all year round.

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View from the Pew: Technology, 'Voodoo' and Church Giving

Posted by Sally Grantham

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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This week we welcome back Sally Grantham from partner ACS Technologies to the Vanco blog. Sally shares a light moment with her father that illustrates how technology has become such an integral part of our lives.

Recently, while I was visiting with my dad, he asked me, “Do you have voodoo?”

This was a surprising question from my dad. I told him no, I was doing good in my faith. I continue to grow, continue to worship as I have in the past.

He shook his head and said, “No, I mean the movie streaming service.”  He meant Vudu!

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Sing Your Pastor’s Praises, In October and Throughout the Year

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 13, 2015 2:00:00 PM

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Pastors will tell you that their job is sometimes taxing and oftentimes filled with stress. That’s why it’s important that congregations set aside time to honor their pastors and church staffs for their hard work.

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When You Shouldn’t Silence Your Smartphone in Church

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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Almost all Americans believe that using a smartphone in church is generally unacceptable. On the surface, that seems hard to argue with. You go to church to worship, hear the sermon, sing hymns, and enjoy the fellowship of others. Smartphones should be silenced and put away until everyone is back in their cars, right?

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Are you following these steps for verifying credit cards and cardholders?

Posted by Sandra Blair

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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As churchgoers increasingly ask for giving options beyond dropping a check or cash into the collection plate, you may choose to accept credit card contributions. Not all churches process in-person credit card transactions, but if you're gearing up for the big giving season, hosting events or have other opportunities to accept card payments, here are some common-sense steps that can help reduce the possibility of fraud in face-to-face transactions accepted through a terminal, mobile card reader, or other device.

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Are You Missing Out on Tithes from Your Most Generous Members?

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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If your church is not offering online giving options, you may be missing out on regular tithes from your most generous members.

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The Most Giving Time of Year – Updating Your Technology and Website

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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To close out our series on helping your church have its busiest and best holiday giving season, let’s look at your technology and your website. This is the perfect time to assess your member’s wants and needs, and to put solutions in place to meet them.

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The Most Giving Time of Year – Assembling Your Toolkit

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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We want to help your church have its busiest and best holiday giving season, so in this series we’ve promised to blueprint the steps you can take to put together a successful e-Giving program.

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The Most Giving Time of Year – Making Your Plan

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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In the first part of our series, Vanco CEO Kevin Lee told you that we would blueprint the steps you can take to help make your busiest giving season a success. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the starting point – putting your vision and financial goals into a plan, and communicating it to your church’s leadership and members.

As guest blogger Ben Stroup recently pointed out, setting your annual budget based on what you’re able to raise during your pledge drive is limiting your potential for growth and for fulfilling your vision.

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The Most Giving Time of the Year – Are You Ready?

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2015 12:24:31 PM

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Your church is likely getting a third or more of its donation plate in November and December. How are you preparing for the most giving time of the year? Over the next weeks we will blueprint the steps you can take from leadership to staff to technology to put yourself in the best position for a successful giving season.

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