It’ll happen every time! The finance team has worked hard to craft a budget and is excited about the ministries it will fund, but the confusing line-item spreadsheet leaves the congregation nonplussed. Why not try a narrative budget, which helps explain expenditures through the stories of your congregation’s ministries. (Photo © trotzolga – Fotolia.com)
Indecisiveness can cause stress for you, your staff, and even your congregation. It is a form of double-mindedness, and James 1:8 says it leads to instability, writes Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, who shares four steps he uses when he confronts indecision. (Tsahi Levent-Levi, Creative Commons)
The way most church leaders approach budgeting may not yield the best results for congregation because it focuses on income and expenditures, NOT on goals and ministry priorities. What’s a congregational leader to do? This article from Logan Leadership has some suggestions. (Photo: Werner_Hahn, Creative Commons)
Money is a deeply spiritual matter and a critical part of ministry. No money, no ministry. Raising and managing money for ministry is holy work. Consultant Margaret Marcuson explains what you should know about money –or, rather, what you should be learning about money as you grow in your ministry. (Photo © Chris Brignell – […]
Everybody agrees a finance committee is essential to a congregation, but many do not have clear guidelines, goals or job descriptions for their members. How can they know whether they’re doing a good job? Here are 11 tasks that a committee should be doing, from Smart Church Management. (Illustration: AJ Cann, Creative Commons)
Stewardship is more than financial giving, writes author and consultant Julia Kuhn Wallace. It is a sense of thanksgiving for all that God has given us, including care giving for the world around us! She presents eight ideas for developing stewardship in a smaller congregation. Which might work for yours? From ChristianityToday.com. (Photo: Dublin Molly, […]
Most people are not surprised to learn that operating a church takes money, says this essay from Churchfuel.com. And they are not offended by being asked to participate in something important. It’s HOW we ask that matters. Read on for how to approach financial stewardship in your congregation. (Photo: Bev8200, Creative Commons)
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.
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.
Too many of us are floundering in a sea of email, swimming hard just to keep current — and failing. It takes up so much time, how are we supposed to get anything done? Church consultant Margaret Marcuson offers tips to stem the email tide. (Photo © alphaspirit – Fotolia.com)