Climate change may hog the world’s attention, but people around the globe are facing new and challenging environmental problems every day. Some of them are small, but others are drastically changing the landscape of what we already know. Conserve-energy-future.com reports. (Photo: garryknight, Creative Commons)
Due to Covid-19, extreme weather and other phenomena, our nation is awash in grief and loss. Even emotionally resilient people are mourning from loss … of loved ones, of restricted mobility, of a vision of a stable future. How to cope? Health.com has put together an assortment of helpful articles.
Looking for a stewardship teaching series? From Bible.org, here is a nine-part lesson on biblical stewardship that covers the topic extensively, everything to help God’s people understand and grow as generous disciples of Jesus. (Photo © Alfredo Muller – Fotolia.com)
Statistics show that overall charitable giving is going up, especially in areas of public benefit and the environment. Yet giving to religious organizations is declining. What are we doing wrong? Author and Yale Divinity teacher Jim Elrod suggests churches adopt greater transparency. (Photo: Claire CJS, Creative Commons)
Churches have many types of leaders. Some are volunteer leaders, some paid; some are leaders by position, some by influence. There are also financial leaders — those who possess wealth — and they need a connection to you as much as any other group. (Photo: Alan Levine, Creative Commons)
Just when you thought the pandemic’s light was at the end of the tunnel, a surge in cases has renewed worry … and confusion! If you’ve been vaccinated, you may be helped with a booster. How do you know? This article from Yale Medicine can help. (Photo: N.J. Military and Veterans Affairs, Creative Commons)
Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana exactly 16 years to the day that another massive storm, Katrina, battered the state. Scientific American reports how climate change is making New Orleans and other coastal areas much more vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms.
How are you managing your Annual Stewardship Campaign this fall? It’s one of the major program areas of the church that has been impacted by the pandemic. Here some ideas to spark your creativity and planning. From the Episcopal Church Foundation.
As if the world’s financial system was not complicated enough, now there’s cryptocurrency. And what if someone makes a donation to your congregation in Bitcoin? Ken Sloane of the United Methodist Church gives a good overview of cryptocurrency for church leaders.
When planning your children’s Sunday school lessons for the 2021-22 school year, be sure to include a class on generosity! This “Heart of Giving” lesson from ministry-to-children.com looks at two people in Mark’s Gospel with very different attitudes towards money. (Photo: Kathie Luther, Creative Commons)