Pack Light for Lent

RCL Reflection, 1st Sunday in Lent, Year B, Feb. 18, 2018
It’s helpful to pack as lightly as possible for the Lenten journey. How can we encourage one another to lay down our burdens, our possessions, our addictions–anything that comes between us and God–so that we can make space and time for divine encounters? Mark’s gospel structure gives us some hints. (Photo: S. Blezard, Creative Commons)

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Leaders, Teach and Model Good Stewardship!

How we manage God’s money is a central biblical subject of extreme importance, writes stewardship author Randy Alcorn. Hence, leaders should unapologetically address financial stewardship with the people God calls us to serve.  Check out Alcorn’s ideas in (Photo: Deb Nystrom, Creative Commons)

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Here’s Your March ‘Stewardship Toolbox’

This is an assortment of “tools” for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications and education: “cut-and-paste” short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, articles for your monthly newsletter or website. You’ll also find links for valuable resources. Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo © Les Cunliffe –

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10 Mistakes Congregations Make in Grant Applications

As Sunday offerings have gone down for many congregations, many churches are turning to grants to support ministry programs. But churches and ministry groups often have a lot to learn about applying for grants, says this writer for Alban at Duke University. Here are the common mistakes and how to avoid them. (Photo © gunnar3000 […]

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