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Track your congregation's giving better with CGP,
the Congregational Giving Profile.
Learn more about CGP in this portion of
the video instruction session featuring Lewis Center
Director, Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Do you know in June that you'll meet budget in December? With CGP, you will.
Nearly every aspect of the church is touched by its financial resources. So it's vital to track expenses and giving
accurately. Unfortunately, nine out of 10 churches do not track as accurately as they should. They rely on the age-old method of simply dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks or 12 months to determine if their giving is on track. This seems completely logical except for one fact — churches do not receive money equally each week or month throughout the year.
This can result in myriad budget dilemmas. For example, if your congregation gives most generously at the end of the year, the traditional method of monitoring giving will report through most of the year that you are running behind, even though you may really be on track in relation to your own pattern. Is this the message you want to send to your members and visitors?
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a better way — CGP, the Congregational Giving Profile.
Our DVD/CD Resource helps you monitor your congregation's giving throughout the year based on the way people actually give in your church
— your own unique pattern of giving, or Congregational Giving Profile.
From week to week or month to month, CGP shows you precisely where your giving stands in relation to where you need to be to meet your budget. When you use CGP, you'll know in June, or even sooner, whether you're on track to meet the budget by December.
How does the CGP from the Lewis Center work?
There are three easy steps to getting started with the CGP.
Step 1: View the video instruction session. Lewis Center Director, Dr. Lovett Weems, Jr., explains what a Congregational Giving Profile is and guides you step-by-step through the process of determining your church's CGP.
Step 2: Enter your past three year's giving information and your budget into the CGP template on your computer. The template automatically makes all the necessary calculations to show how much money you should anticipate at each point during the year.
Step 3: Enter your giving each week or month. As the year progresses, the template calculates whether you're ahead or behind for the year based on your own Congregational Giving Profile.
If you ever have questions while using CGP, the Lewis Center is here to help. The DVD/CD Resource includes a video instruction session, samples of Congregational Giving Profiles, CGP Excel templates, Frequently Asked Questions, and a dedicated email helpline.
Knowledge is power, and CGP keeps you in the know.
With the GCP you’ll know if you are likely to end the year with a budget shortfall so you can adjust your spending appropriately. And, if you find your church is running ahead of expectations based on CGP calculations, chances are very good the year-end financial picture will be positive!
The DVD/CD Resource includes:
- Easy-to-use templates that calculate your congregation's unique Congregational Giving Profile, track giving throughout the year, and monitor progress in relation to budget goals
- A video instruction session featuring Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Director of the Lewis Center
- Samples of weekly and monthly Congregational Giving Profiles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Access to a dedicated Lewis Center email helpline
A computer with CD drive and Excel 97 or
higher edition or an application that can open Excel 97 or higher files.