As holidays in North America have become more and more commercialized they have generated more and more waste. But a few simple alternatives to the usual Easter basket of treats can not only help reduce waste but also put more meaning into the celebration. (Photo by Javcon117, Creative Commons )
Stewardship is more than just a six-week campaign in the fall, yet most congregations lack a strategy for anything else. Here, from the United Methodist Church, is a handy guide with links to help keep financial stewardship awareness simmering all year long.
Financial stewardship is not only a matter of faithful giving but of faithful living, writes author and pastor Mark Allen Powell. In response to the gospel, we surrender our lives so that we may be the people God wants us to be. From the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. (Photo by Wellford, via Bigstockphoto.com)
Stewardship is not about fundraising, but rather God’s mission in the world, and our mission as followers of Jesus . This resource from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship lists Bible verses for study, as well as a format for stewardship and adult education groups.
It’s a part of every church leader’s learning curve: How to have adult conversation with God’s people about about money. It’s hard, often embarrassing, but engaging people honestly and openly about money is essential, says this writing from the Episcopal Church Foundation. (Photo: Daniel Dionne, Creative Commons)
Grant applications are being taken for the latest funding round in the Stewardship of Life Institute’s grant program. The deadline is March 15! Got a creative idea for stewardship education? SOLI is offering grants to help fund projects to advance stewardship in the ELCA. See details inside! (Photo:Stephen Depolo, Creative Commons )
Over the past two decades, many Christians have made a dramatic public conversion to environmental causes as the evidence for climate change and other problems has become more apparent. But recent evidence suggests interest in creation care is leveling off or even declining. On Sojourners. (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons)
“There’s a hoax being perpetuated that time management is essentially about technique … All you need are the right tools: paper planner, online calendar, tools to block addictive websites,” writes leadership consultant Margaret Marcuson, who explores deeper issues that can help leaders get a handle on things. (Photo: Robert van der Steeg, Creative Commons.)
Most Americans believe their financial knowledge is pretty good, but financial literacy is on the decline, says the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. How savvy are you? Take the Christian Science Monitor’s online quiz to find out what you know — and what you need to know! (Photo by Alberto G.: Creative Commons)
With flu season in full swing and the highest number of cases reported in years, churches are modifying worship practices to guard against spreading the disease. This informative article from the United Methodist Church has some great tips for minimizing the risk of folks getting sick! (Photo: Lorena Cupcake, Creative Commons)