Christmas offers a great opportunity to bring both new visitors and fallen-away members into your congregation. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers tips to make the most of it this year. (Photo: Pascal Volk, Creative Commons)
Church leaders always want their congregations to end the year on a good stewardship note, but they may unwittingly sabotage their success. From Logan Leadership, here are some “dos” and “don’ts” to guide you. (Photo: Olia Danilevich, Pexels)
An effective finance committee proposes a budget; then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources to support the congregation. How? The United Methodist Church explains.
All the variables involved make church finances complicated. You never know exactly how much income you’ll have, and unplanned expenses (replacing a boiler) are always lurking. SmartChurchMangement has suggestions.
So, fall 2023 crept up on you and you don’t have a stewardship plan? Well, it happens. Not to worry. Here are three easy and simple ideas you can implement before year’s end. From SOLI’s web editor Rob Blezard.
Congregations face so many problems, it’s easy for church leaders to get overwhelmed. This excellent free diagnostic tool from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving can help clarify a way forward with the help of suggested resources. (Photo: Mimi K., Creative Commons)
Though many congregations are challenged by less in offerings, as a whole churches control trillions of dollars worth of assets. Author Mark Elsdon suggests strategies to invest more resources into mission. From Faith & Leadership. (Photo: John Guccione, Pexels)
Tearing your hair out looking for resources? The Center for Faith & Giving (Disciples of Christ), has opened its archive of stewardship campaign resources at no charge (though they suggest a nominal donation). (Photo: Varkle69, Creative Commons)
From climate to the war in Ukraine to government gridlock, problems in today’s world overwhelm us all. But with planning, agility and hard work, churches can thrive. Article and webinar from Horizons Stewardship.
Coming out of the pandemic in 2022, churches celebrated signs of hope as people returned. But if giving did not increase as well, there may be some factors at work beyond your control. The UMC’s Ken Sloan explores.