How can churches help a new generation of givers skeptical of institutional allegiances embrace the practice of pledging? It’s critical to frame the conversation around spiritual rather than institutional needs. Ann A. Michel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership makes the case for pledging as a vital spiritual discipline that helps us grow in […]
At too many churches, the offering part of the service is the same as it was when grandma was a confirmand. But rather than cease the offering entirely, reboot it freshness and creativity to meet the needs and habits of a new generation. Grace Duddy Pomroy of Luther Seminary explains. (Photo:Don Brown, Creative Commons)
The new book, “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance” outlines new directions for stewardship in the post-covid era, says Ken Sloane of the United Methodist Church. It’s a worthwhile investment for any stewardship leaders library. (Photo: Kevin M. Klerks, Creative Commons)
As established patterns of giving have eroded in our congregations in recent years, giving has become much less reliable. Church leaders need to be aware of the changes and take proactive steps to counter them. Good advice from Horizons Stewardship.
Church professionals are notorious for overworking to the point of burning themselves out, and then it’s also the church and God’s people who suffer. In this blog post, Carey Nieuwhof talks about his own burnout and recovery, and what he learned from it. (Photo © laurent hamels – Fotolia.com)
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)
Churches across the nation are preparing for their stewardship campaigns, but many may mistakenly think the work is done when the pledge cards are collected. Instead, that’s the time to focus on donors that require a little more encouragement, says Ann Michel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. (Photo: One Way Stock, Creative Commons)
We never seem to have enough time, but why is that? It might be that our priorities are just out of whack. The St. John Institute of Walsh University suggests principles — not techniques — that can help manage not just time, but your life. (Photo © mtkang – Fotolia.com)
SOLI writer and editor Pastor Sharron R. Blezard, who died July 10, was a woman of exceptional spiritual gifts. SOLI’s executive director Martin Otto Zimmann offers a tribute.
In the aftershocks of the COVID-19 crisis, many churches face a period of financial reckoning. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers eight principles that can help right the ship. They are critical now as the church navigates uncharted territory in the post-pandemic world.