Every donor appreciates a thank you. And forgetting to say “thanks” can lead some donors to feel chagrined – and reluctant to give again. Stewardship expert Charles Lane suggests ways to show thanks. (Photo: Orin Zebest, Creative Commons)
Clergy SHOULD know what parishioners give
In too many churches, the ordained leaders are prohibited from looking at the the offering records. Other clergy are all too happy to avert their gaze. But there are good reasons why leaders should be aware. The Episcopal Network for Stewardship explores.
Where do churches spend too much, AND too little!
Many churches have lopsided budgets — spending too much in some areas and not enough in others. How can your church achieve a better balance? From the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. (Photo © styf – Fotolia.com)
Better churches, better lives, better world
Stewardship is not about transactions—what we want to receive from others. Instead, it’s about a way of life that has something to offer those who engage in its ideas and practice its behaviors. From Giving magazine.
Stewarding space and reaching the community
With declining membership and revenue, a congregation worked with a developer to build low-income housing on its property. It was a win-win for church and community. From the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
The coming revolution in church financing
What if tithes and offerings no longer support your church’s operations? How can you create multiple streams of income? This Q & A from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership explores. Listen or read. (Photo: National Hurricane Center)
Lead by example to elevate stewardship discourse
We do a disservice to the beautiful reality of God’s abundance when we reduce stewardship to fundraising. Stewardship is a mindset and a worldview. Leaders can help cast this vision. Church Executive explores. (Photo: Stephen O, Creative Commons)
Stewardship 2030: A return to mission
People today are deluged with requests from worthy nonprofit organizations, of which your congregation is one. Why should they give to your church? Asking smartly involves mission and storytelling. From Luther Seminary. (Photo: Mikhail Nilov via Pexels)
Is your congregation making an impact?
Church leaders pray their congregation is stewarding all its resources effectively and making difference, but how do they know? The Lewis Center for Church Leadership discusses some new ways to gauge success. (Photo: Richard Wagoner via Flickr)
Church giving and middle class shrinking. Now what?
Economic, social and philanthropic trends point to difficulty ahead for congregation funding, Joe Park of Horizons Stewardship writes, but he suggests ways to position your church to cope. (Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons)
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