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.
Good leadership begins and ends around the issue of stewardship. The whole idea of stewardship relates back to the concept of watching over something for someone else, taking care of something you don’t own. Good tips from ChurchLeader.com.
OK, your church wants to apply for grant funding? Great! While doing so, be sure to avoid these common grantwriting mistakes. An informative article from the ChristanPost. (Photo © gunnar3000 – Fotolia.com)
Here’s a free, seven-part curriculum for leaders who want to plumb the depths of their congregation’s financial soul.
Here’s a year-end checklist for churches of common tax and administrative responsibilities that should be addressed as the year draws to a close. Pass the information along to finance committees and treasurers to make sure all loose ends are wrapped up. (Photo by 401kcalculator.org. Thanks!)
The Rev. Terry Parsons served as the Stewardship Director for the Episcopal Church from 1996-2008. She died in October 2012.
Congregations spend a lot of energy on a lot of different efforts, but here are five concepts to focus what your church does in order to make it more productive and faithful. The Five Practices website contains lots of supporting information and ideas to get your congregation moving. It’s the creation of Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. (Photo by AlicePopkorn, used by Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
This year while putting together your church’s budget, take a pass on the old “line item” approach. That old spreadsheet may tell your people about the numbers, but it doesn’t say much about the ministries. Take instead a “narrative budget” approach. This pdf from the Missouri United Methodist Foundation will get you started.
Click here to read church vision expert Will Mancini’s thoughts on seven key practices to shape church culture. These practices can be used intentionally by church leaders to help articulate and shape culture and in turn clarify vision. (Photo by Alex Wiebe used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)