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Top 10 Excuses Not to Give

If your church is like most, the top third of your givers will contribute about 70 percent of the income, and the bottom third will have no record of giving at all. Zero. Why don’t they give? The stewardship director  from the Anglican Diocese of Toronto lists the top 10 excuses he’s heard. (Photo: Bark, Creative Commons […]

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Make Useful Gifts for Giving!

Tired of giving and getting yet another tie, fruitcake, or dust-catching gift? Try making some of these easy and useful gifts! There’s something for all ages and ability levels. (Photo: Muffett, Creative Commons)

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Reconnecting to the Natural World

Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to explain the effects of being disconnected from the natural world. In his new book, Vitamin N, he offer 500 actions people can take to improve their quality of life and their communities. How can our congregations encourage more connection with creation? It’s good stewardship of creation […]

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Start a Congregational Endowment

Does your congregation have an endowment? If not, it’s something you definitely should consider for your long-term financial future. Here are five helpful resources about creating and growing endowments — from the Episcopal Church Foundation. (Photo: Fotolia)

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Brochure: Finding Hope in Hard Times

Whether it’s loss of a job, underemployment or income stagnation amid rising bills, many people today are facing hard financial times. This brochure outlines seven spiritual practices to maintain hope. From the Episcopal Church.

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Book Review: ‘The Generous Church’

What difference does generosity make in the church? Why is generosity so vital for congregations? Author Tom Berlin, calls the church to focus on its distinctive mission—to bring to fruition the desire to “make a difference in the world, in the name of Christ.” Review from the United Methodist Church.

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20 Stewardship Practices Poster

Inspire your stewardship team or congregation with 20 best practices for stewardship outlined in this poster. Tips are time-proven and very practical. Which could work for your context? From ELCA Stewardship.

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Gratitude: The Heart of Stewardship

For Christian stewards, Thanksgiving Day has special meaning, for we know that gratitude lies at the very heart of stewardship. A grateful heart heralds the beginning of discipleship and opens the way to our deepest response, the desire to return to God for the bounty of our lives. From the International Catholic Stewardship Council. (Photo © […]

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Protest with ‘Buy Nothing Day’

While consumers rush to the stores on “Black Friday,” you can celebrate a counter-cultural “Buy Nothing Day” on Nov. 25. The protest of the commercialization of Christmas has become an international movement. Check out the creative, fun ideas for your own observance. (Photo: Chris Booth, Creative Commons)

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7 Ways to Build and Sustain Good Money Habits

If we don’t develop and sustain  good money habits, not only will our choices impact our own future but also potentially those of our loved ones. Inspired by Nathan Dungan of Share Save Spend, here are seven clear ways to practice and teach good financial management. (Photo: © rangizzz – Fotolia.com)