Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All

by Timothy Dombek, Michael Durall. CommonWealth Consulting Group, 2014.

This e-book challenges congregations to create a high-expectation culture of giving, ultimately eliminating the need for annual pledge campaigns.


why people give, what churches can do to be worthy of donations, practical ways to end the pledge drive

Best For

clergy and lay leaders, especially Episcopal


purchase as an e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Take immediate action to increase donations by reading this e-book and appealing to your congregations.
  • Encourage year-round giving by applying recommended strategies and eliminating year-end pledge requests.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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