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January 2017 Stewardship ‘Toolbox’

Here is a great all-in-one resource for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications. You’ll find short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, articles for your monthly newsletter or website – ready to cut and paste, plus links to resources and more! Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo © Les Cunliffe […]

Begin Your 2017 Planning Now!

Advent should prompt you to begin looking at your financial plans for 2017. Many pastors will wait until late spring or even summer and then ask somebody in the church to head up a campaign in the fall, at which point the pastor will preach on money one Sunday and people will be asked to once again sign a card. Do you really think your results will be any different than they have been? Before January is over, ask and answer the following questions! (Photo © Robert Kneschke – Fotolia.com)

Don’t be an ‘Eco-Tourist’ Church

Some churches jump on the “green” bandwagon but don’t ride it very far, says this blogger, who calls them “eco-tourist” congregations. Is your church one of them? If so, there’s plenty you can do about it. (Photo: Essentielly, Creative Commons)

7 Ways to Build and Sustain Good Money Habits

If we don’t develop and sustain  good money habits, not only will our choices impact our own future but also potentially those of our loved ones. Inspired by Nathan Dungan of Share Save Spend, here are seven clear ways to practice and teach good financial management. (Photo: © rangizzz – Fotolia.com)

December ‘Toolbox’ for Congregations

Here is a great all-in-one resource for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communication and education needs. You’ll find short “Stewardship Snippets” for every Sunday’s bulletin and articles for your monthly newsletter or website – ready to cut and paste! There’s links to resources and more! Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo: Matt Joyce, Creative Commons)

Why Christians Should Care About Creation

In this podcast the director of Lutherans Restoring Creation discusses the role of creation in theology and the resources available for Christians who want to bring care for creation into their faith lives. From Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary.

Best Stewardship Practices

Here’s a concise, no-nonsense, easy-to-understand presentation of what works best when it comes to stewardship in the congregation. It’s a great thumbnail guide for your finance or stewardship team. Excellent stuff, from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Washington.

Are You Beating the Competition?

The number of nonprofit organizations in North America has mushroomed, and that means there are a lot more people asking YOUR church members for donations. In this blog, Phyllis Freedman gives sound advice how you can be sure your congregation stays ahead of the game. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Bible Study on Fossil-Fuel Divestment

With the effects of climate growing more severe all the time, some churches are ridding their investment portofolios of fossil fuel stocks. This study guide looks at two Gospel parables and what they may say about divestment. From the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. (Photo: Trocaire, Creative Commons)

Four Gospels, One Way to Live

Here’s a free online course on biblical stewardship that you can really sink your teeth into. “Four Gospels” pays attention to the stewardship-of-life underpinnings of the four Gospels as it provides a scholarly overview. From Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.