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)
“To know, or not to know?” That is the question that Hamlet surely never had to ask, but church leaders wrestle with it as they ponder whether to look at the donation records for their church. Faith & Leadership explores the “common assumptions” with the “actual facts.” (Photo: Edith Soto, Creative Commons)
Stewardship efforts often fail because a single team is saddled with all the financial leadership responsibilities and they get overwhelmed. A better approach is to create three teams who can focus — and do a good job — on just one area of responsibility. From the Center for Faith and Giving.
Stewardship is more than just a six-week campaign in the fall, yet most congregations lack a strategy for anything else. Here, from the United Methodist Church, is a handy guide with links to help keep financial stewardship awareness simmering all year long.
“There’s a hoax being perpetuated that time management is essentially about technique … All you need are the right tools: paper planner, online calendar, tools to block addictive websites,” writes leadership consultant Margaret Marcuson, who explores deeper issues that can help leaders get a handle on things. (Photo: Robert van der Steeg, Creative Commons.)
What can a gifted horseman teach church folk about leadership? Quite a lot actually! Read this article and be inspired by 21 leadership lessons from Frédéric Pignon. The vision behind and founder of Cavalia, a world-renowned equine spectacular, Pignon and his wife travel the world inspiring both horses and the people with whom they come in contact. Read on for valuable information! (Photo: Contando Estrelas, Creative Commons)
As Sunday offerings have gone down for many congregations, many churches are turning to grants to support ministry programs. But churches and ministry groups often have a lot to learn about applying for grants, says this writer for Alban at Duke University. Here are the common mistakes and how to avoid them. (Photo © gunnar3000 […]
Thinking he was doing his congregation a favor, Rev. Carter went for years without a raise. But when he retired, his congregation faced the “sticker shock” of not being able to hire a new pastor on what they had budgeted. It’s a crisis that affects many congregations in the church, but it can be avoided. This article from SOLI editor Rob Blezard provides some better ideas. (Photo © ashumskiy – Fotolia.com)