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Sgt. David W. Rider, a 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor and practical nurse from Strongsville, Ohio, assigned to Bravo Company, 256th Combat Support Hospital, grimaces during the push-up event while taking the Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26, 2010.

12 Practices of Great Leaders

You can be a better leader through attitude and discipline.  Many ineffective leaders have great intentions but just haven’t developed the skills and attitudes that separate great leaders from poor leaders. Here are 12 overlooked practices that can help you become a better leader. From Carey Nieuwhof. (Photo: DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons)

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ELCA Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Stewardship of LIfe means using all the gifts God has given us. This simple gifts assessment tool can help God’s people understand their own best gifts to bring to ministry and life. The online version (click above) is easy to use. The PDF version (click here) is clunky but adaptable.

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7 Steps to Stewardship Success

If your congregation is stuck in its stewardship rut, you aren’t alone. Plenty of churches have work to do when it comes to establishing and maintaining stewardship plan. Here are seven steps forward from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. Look them over, pray over them, then get busy.  

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Monthly Stewardship Resources

Here’s a way to provide your congregation with a regular reminders about generosity and abundance: Stewardship Sentences that are perfect for Sunday worship bulletins or a website, or monthly newsletter articles ready to cut and paste. A great idea, great resources from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. (Photo © trotzolga – Fotolia.com)

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10 Ways to go Green and $ave Green

April 22 is Earth Day, so here are 10 easy ways you can cultivate a greener environmental footprint and keep more green in your wallet. It’s stewardship of both natural and financial resources–a win/win. (Photo: OpenSourceWay, Creative Commons)

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The Farmer Who Feeds the Hungry

When Indiana farmer John Lawler learned about the depth of hunger in his state, he turned his 32-acre farm into a non-profit organization that will provide 500,000 pounds of food to hungry people in the Hoosier state. Read more about his stewardship story. (Photo: Brandywine Creek Farms, Project 23:22)

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The High Cost of Cheap Fashion?

Ever thought about what happens to your cast-off clothes? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, of which 12.8 million tons were discarded. It’s a stewardship issue. (Photo: Kyle Adams, Creative Commons)

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On Sacrificial Giving

The motive of our giving is not to meet the church’s needs, but to meet our own personal need to respond to God’s overwhelming generosity to us by becoming givers ourselves.The Bible uses a word, often misunderstood, to help us see this more clearly. The word is sacrifice. Good reading from the Episcopal Diocese of… Read more»

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Transform Your Church by Serving Passionately

Your leadership is desperately needed in the Body of Christ, and no matter where you serve, it is a critical outpost for advancing God’s kingdom, writes Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.  There is no small or insignificant service to God; it all matters. From ChurchLeaders.com. (Photo: Ricardo Camacho, Creative Commons)

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Survey: Christians find Predatory Loans Sinful

Self-identified Christians in 30 states—from Alabama to Wyoming—say it’s a sin to lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back. Most want the government to protect consumers from loans with excessive interest, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. (Photo: Bev8200, Creative Commons)