4 Ways to Appreciate Your Donors

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it always puts me in the mindset of what I am thankful for.  My family, my friends, and my church are all at the top of my list. At Infinity Concepts, we are thankful for our staff, our clients, and the opportunity to make a difference in organizations around the world.

What is your organization thankful for?

One of the biggest things to be thankful for is your donors, but have you thanked them?  Sure, you are probably sending them receipt letters thanking them for their donation, but have you shown them

Before I came to work with Infinity Concepts, I was an executive pastor at a large multi-campus church.  One of my main responsibilities was to develop strategies and initiatives to grow the church. Over the years I realized it wasn’t just one thing that caused growth to occur, but several components working together. It’s what I call the Net Principle.

The Net Principle is derived from Luke chapter 5 when Jesus instructed Simon to let down his nets for a catch. As a result of Simon’s obedience, he experienced a boat-sinking, net-breaking catch of fish! That’s increase!

A net is

There are a lot of methods churches are using today to reach people and bring them into the church — cool lights, haze machines during worship, a coffee shop in the lobby, shorter service times, and creative stage props. All these are fine to do, but they will eventually become ineffective if the church isn’t continuously expanding their base of leaders.

Let me share an example Pastor Wayne Cordeiro gives that illustrates this point well. Imagine that I hold out a 1-square-foot piece of cardboard, and I slowly empty a bucket of white sand onto it. The sand will accumulate, and as

Hiring The Right Person

Is your organization or ministry at a standstill? Can’t seem to breakthrough to the next level?  

One of the anchors holding your ministry or organization back could be you don’t have the right people on your team. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” It’s essential that leaders be rigorous in their selection process for inviting new people to join their team.

Recently a ministry leader called to share with me his vision and goals for his ministry and seek my counsel on

These two terms are often used interchangeably but they are really quite different from one another. The manager’s job is to plan, organize, and coordinate, while the leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis composed a list of the distinctions:

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  • The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  • The manager thinks short term; the leader thinks long-term.
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  • A manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.