The United Church of Christ has compiled a comprehensive guide for starting a planned giving ministry. Includes sections devoted to escongregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more. The quintessential Planned Giving resource!
This is your quintessential Planned Giving resource! This is free, online guide for congregations is designed to aid pastors and lay leaders in developing a congregational Planned Giving ministry. Includes sections devoted to establishing and promoting a Planned Giving program, congregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more. (Photo by Ken Mayer, used by Creative Commons license)
A spreadsheet-style budget tells nothing about your congregation’s ministries. Instead, the United Church of Christ suggests preparing a narrative budget with color photos, and they have links to some creative examples. (Photo by Wendi Kelly, used by Creative Commons license)
Through the prophet Malachi God tells faithful people to test the Almighty’s generosity by giving 10 percent. When one UCC pastor did just that, she learned that God did, indeed, throw open the gates of blessings. (Photo © thitimontoyai22 – Fotolia.com)
Give your congregation a thorough grounding on what the Bible says about generosity and abundance. This free, eight-page Bible study from the United Church of Christ highlights verses from the Old and New Testaments. Suitable for one or more sessions.
Almost daily scientists find new evidence that human activity is altering the earth’s climate and threatening the future of life on earth. This succinct article from the United Church of Christ provides a good overview of the problem, why we care, and what we can do about it. (Photo by Takver, used by Creative Commons […]
:Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table” is a seven-session curriculum for congregations that call us to integrate the commitments and practices of our faith into the way we eat. The study uses scripture, prayer and stories from the local and global community to explore five key aspects of our relationship with food. (Photo by JBloom, used by Creative Commons license.)
As a mission sowing plan what are the seeds planted, and how is God’s abundance expected, each season of the church year? Knowing that “all times are God’s seasons,” what are the sowing and reaping that constitute Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost? Stewardship that knows and shows God’s mercy at each of these times reaps a harvest of generosity that will not fail come fall–or wither during the driest summer of low church attendance and lower giving. (Photo (c) JulietPhotography, Fotolia.com)