If you’re a tithing skeptic, you probably want to skip this. This is for church leaders who believe that giving a minimum of one-tenth of their income to the Lord’s church is a) scriptural, b) necessary to support the work, and c) an essential part of growing in Christlikeness. From Crosswalk.com. (Photo: Woodleywonderworks, Creative Commons)
Designing a 98-square-foot house brought freedom for United Methodist Pastor Rebecca Rutter. “Whenever you design or build something,” Rutter explains, “you have to think, what’s the priority here?” Rutter’s house helped her to focus on people and Jesus. Read her story and explore links from UMC Communications. (Photo: UMC Communications)
Jesus talked a lot about money, and not always in the most positive terms. Yet his ministry used money, and the New Testament even tells us that it was Judas, his betrayer, who was treasurer. So what were the financial needs of Jesus’ ministry and who met them? This insightful CNN article explains. (Photo: ThrasherDave, […]
You’ve taught them the facts of life and how to drive, but have you taught your kids about money? Teaching teenagers about money gives them confidence to manage their finances as an adult. Here are some tips to share before the kids fly the coop. From Thrivent.com. (Photo: Steven DePolo, Creative Commons)
When the outside temperature soars, so does energy usage to keep the church building cool. But modifying how you use and control the air conditioning system can help save money that you can use instead for mission. From worshipfacilities.com. (Photo: Jill, Jellidonut … whatever, Creative Commons)
Remember that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? That was SO January! Summer’s the perfect time to fulfill that commitment. Summer offers us the opportunity for calorie-burning outdoor activities, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are tips from Health.com! (Photo © Warren Goldswain, Fotolia)
When it comes to stewardship ministry, too often we want unrealistically fast results — the program that will increase revenue by 20 percent in the first year. Using a gardening analogy, Anne Brock of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy explores what it means to plant seeds of abundance.
How does your treasurer keep the church books? Though few still use the old paper financial ledgers, some may be using computer programs that are obsolete, or clunky, or generations (in software terms) behind in innovation and ease of use. Time for a change? Capterra provides reviews of about two dozen of the most popular […]
Here’s a resource with great ideas to energize your financial stewardship ministry. Stewardship 101: An Invitation to Financial Stewardship is a free e-book from the Center for Steward Leadership at Luther Seminary. It contains 17 of the center’s best newsletter articles on a wide variety of stewardship topics.
You have only one body, and scripture reminds us that we should take good care of it. It ought to be simple to do so, but it’s not so easy when life is full and multiple priorities get in the way. Here’s a good reminder that seven simple practices can make a big difference in the […]