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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
For 2023, Consultant Carey Nieuwhof’s list of trends focuses on how and the decline in church attendance is happening, but more importantly, some things pastors and church leaders can do to help reverse it. Insightful look at demographic shifts and how to cope.