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!
“We need to create opportunities to give that enable us to appreciate our shared humanity,” says social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn. Research shows that giving to others does make us happier, but it matters how we help. Learn more by watching Dunn’s TED Talk and reimagine how you, too, can be a more joyful giver. (Photo: Kregg Steppe, Creative Commons)
Because July is the month of Independence Day, the July Toolbox theme is “Stewardship of our Civic Freedoms.” You’ll find a Word file with newsletter article, RCL-based bulletin “stewardship snippets,” and web links to resources to help your congregation celebrate the theme. All for free.
Airline pilots always go through their checklist before takeoff to make sure all systems are go. Here is a preflight checklist for your capital campaign to help give your project the best chances of success. From Kristine Miller of Horizons Stewardship. (Photo by Gynane via BigStockPhoto)
Free and available to support any congregation’s ongoing education efforts, in every monthly “Stewardship Toolbox” you’ll find “cut and paste” RCL-based bulletin blurbs, a newsletter article and links to great resources. June’s Toolbox offers suggestions for developing a heart of generosity. From SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo © Les Cunliffe – Fotolia.com)
Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, practices “irrational generosity” each year through an annual fast and give program to benefit ministries outside the congregation. This year’s fast made a difference in the lives of several students at Howard University, whose student debt was cancelled. This article from Faith & Leadership includes questions for use […]
To accompany us in our discipleship journey God provides a community of folks — including those we don’t even know yet! How well are we stewarding community? This month’s Toolbox includes a “cut-and-paste” newsletter article and links to help explore. Plus RCL-based blurbs for the Sunday bulletin. Fresh and original from SOLI. (Photo: Ken, Creative […]
People under 35 think and see the world differently than do their parents and grandparents, and that’s reflected in their attitude towards institutions and their giving patterns. Churches need to adjust their stewardship approach to reach them. This handy sheet from the Church of England gives tips. (Photo: Wayne Miller, Creative Commons)
Most of us like to be generous with our time, talents, and resources, but too much of a good thing CAN lead to burnout. In this Harvard Business Review article, author Adam Grant and Reb Rebele discuss ways to avoid burnout and continue to be generous. How might their observations help your ministry? (Photo: Dennis […]
Consistent communication and education are keys to an ongoing stewardship program. The monthly Toolbox can help with a “cut and paste” newsletter article and weekly RCL-based bulletin blurbs. Plus helpful links to other resources. April explores “Stewardship of God’s ‘very good’ creation.” (Photo © Les Cunliffe – Fotolia.com)