The world’s scientists have long been sounding the alarm that we are on a collision course. Disaster looms in the lifetimes of our grandchildren. God’s people can and should do better – and a congregational “Green Team” can lead the way. Why not form one this month? (Photo: NASA Archive, Creative Commons)
To accompany us in our discipleship journey God provides a community of folks — including those we don’t even know yet! How well are we stewarding community? This month’s Toolbox includes a “cut-and-paste” newsletter article and links to help explore. Plus RCL-based blurbs for the Sunday bulletin. Fresh and original from SOLI. (Photo: Ken, Creative […]
Go into a supermarket or restaurant and watch how many people pay with cash. It’s a small number and dropping all the time. As our nation moves towards a cashless economy, churches that have no online and digital options will lose out. Here are some ideas to get you going from Rob Blezard, SOLI web editor.
Whether you are fasting for spiritual reasons this Lent or trying intermittent fasting to lose weight, there are evidence-based benefits to your health. So as long as your doctor has given you the OK, you can try fasting for spiritual and mental health. From healthline.com. (Photo: Bark, Creative Commons )
Consistent communication and education are keys to an ongoing stewardship program. The monthly Toolbox can help with a “cut and paste” newsletter article and weekly RCL-based bulletin blurbs. Plus helpful links to other resources. April explores “Stewardship of God’s ‘very good’ creation.” (Photo © Les Cunliffe – Fotolia.com)
God’s people are yearning for tools and help them draw closer to the divine. Here are a number of resources that you may suggest. Why not offer 10-minute Temple Talk on how to use them? Maybe form a study group to pray and use a devotional daily and meet weekly as they journey together for Lent? (Photo © robhainer – Fotolia.com)
Just in time for Lent, here is a wonderful four-week Bible study on stewardship by Methodist author and bishop Robert Schnase. Each day there’s a new Bible verse to pray over. This link gets to to the first week; links to later weeks in the left menu. Posted by Franklin United Methodist Church, Churchton, Md.
Drug overdose is now the top killer of people under 50, as the opioid crisis continues unabated. To empower churches to respond, the US Department of Health and Human Services has put together a web-based “Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit,” with lots of good ideas and helpful links. (Photo: Cat Branchman, Creative Commons)
How do God’s people integrate personal stewardship of their diverse God-given blessings, such as health, time, relationships, and finances? This month’s Toolbox includes a “cut-and-paste” newsletter article and links to help them explore. Plus RCL-based blurbs for the Sunday bulletin. Fresh and original from SOLI. (Photo: Per Erik Strandberg, Creative Commons)
Most congregational leaders would rather do anything besides asking congregants for money. So when they DO ask, their skittishness can lead to mistakes and missteps that can be counterproductive. Here, from SOLI content editor Rob Blezard, are tips for making an ask. (Photo: Iqoncept, via bigstockphoto.com)