Our friends at Evangelical Covenant Church have put together this wonderful flyer that details three steps a congregation can take to help create a culture of generosity: Preach Generosity, Teach & Train Generosity, and Celebrate Generosity. It takes time and diligence, but it sure pays off in the long run. (Photo © laurent hamels – […]
Here is some important leadership advice from the founder and senior pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church. In contrast to what most people think, Hybels says the most important asset is not time, but rather the ability to energize and motivate others. Good watching, from churchleaders.com.
Do you think this is about right, or is it outrageous that, by one estimate, churches spend 96 percent of their money on the folks who give it? The writer of this column found it discouraging. The problem is that we have constructed massive organizations that require huge amounts of money to sustain. (Photo © […]
Stewardship program in a slump? Congregational enthusiasm flagging? Leaders feeling tired and battle-weary? If so, click here to read C. Otto Scharmer’s article on uncovering the blind spot(s) in leadership. While not aimed at faith communities, the principles are readily applied to congregational settings. (Photo: Nimish Gogri, Creative Commons)
Many churches are now firming up their plans for the fall stewardship program and who will lead it. The leadership you engage will set the bar for your parish. For your parish to fulfill God’s vision for ministry, your leaders need to fully understand the roles they have been asked to fulfill and given clear […]
It’s a challenging time for nonprofit organizations, with greater need and reduced resources, and most leaders believe the outlook will not get brighter. As organizations tighten their belts, they are wise to look at all funding options, including grants. This article from On Philanthropy magazine gives advice to help. (Photo by Steven Depolo, used by […]
No. 1: “The first place to look for money is in the heart, not the wallet.” This resource explains why, and then goes on to explain SIX more truths! It’s a great, handy resource from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. (Photo by Varkle69, used by creative Commons license – Thanks!)
The planet is facing major ecological problems: global warming, loss of species diversity, loss of forests and arable land, disposal of garbage and toxic waste, pollution of air, land, and water, over-population, depletion of non-replaceable natural resources, diminution of food sources, ocean acidification and collapse of fisheries, among others. And the survival of creation as we humans have known it is at stake. Here are five principles for a Christian response. (Photo by NASA)
Is it helpful or harmful if a pastor knows how much every member gives? On the one hand, it can help a pastor diagnose problems in the congregation. On the other hand, the pastor may start playing favorites. What do you think? Experts are divided, as this discussion by ChristianityToday.com reveals. (Photo © Michael Nivelet […]
Foundations and other funders are eager to give grants to organizations that send in applications that meet their criteria and their mission. Listen to this podcast on how to maximize the chances that your church’s application will come out on top.