After expenses for personnel, building costs often present the biggest challenges to church finances, especially when the building is old, or when it’s time to expand with an addition. This article from Partners for Sacred Spaces offers fundraising tips and links to other resources. (Photo: Luke Peterson, Creative Commons)
Can we reopen? Should we reopen? How can we reopen? These are the questions church leaders are asking across the land. This webpage from the federal Centers for Disease Control has all the information. (Elvert Barnes, Creative Commons)
Most planned gifts come in the form of bequests or beneficiary designations. If you’re hesitant to talk about this you are hardly alone, but your congregation might be missing out on some ministry-changing generosity! From the United Methodist Church. (Photo: David Morris, Commons License)
Generosity names not merely something we do but also an admirable quality of character, something we are. Undergirding the character of truly generous people is a special awareness of themselves, others, and God’s gracious provision for the world. From Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning. (Photo © laurent hamels – Fotolia.com)
Biblical stewardship involves both faithful living and faithful giving, writes author and theologian Mark Allan Powell, in this bible study that explores how we acquire, regard, manage, and spend our money, as well as give it away. From the United Church of Canada. (Photo: WellfordT, Bigstockphoto.com)
Covid-19 can produce fear, anxiety and other strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. The Centers for Disease Control has guidance. (Photo: Kenny Uhh, Creative Commons)
As the future unfolds, offerings will likely no longer be able to fully fund your congregation’s ministry. Increasingly, churches will have to rethink their ministries and adopt multiple income streams, says author and pastor Mark DeYmaz. Podcast from Wesley Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church leadership.
Decreased human activity from sheltering in place is clearing skies and waterways of pollution and leading to a resurgence of wildlife. But it also shows how hard it will be to make needed changes. From The Guardian.
There’s a good reason why Jesus followed the biblical tradition of warning God’s people about the dangers of wealth. This lesson plan from the United Church of Canada explores the issue. (Photo © f9photos – Fotolia.com)
“We are all invited to live in this new realm that Jesus talked about, the Kingdom of God, which includes every aspect of our lives, including our money—perhaps especially our money,” says Mike Little, director of the Faith and Money Network. He explains in this magazine interview. (Photo: Oregon State University, Creative Commons)