Leadership is necessary only if an organization needs to go somewhere and is accountable to a mission more important than its own survival, writes Will Willimon, theologian, author and retired Methodist bishop. A leader helps an organization face the pain that must accompany change and growth. From Faith & Leadership.
What’s the “common good” mean in our “me first culture”? Stewarding the Common Good is the theme of this month’s free Stewardship Toolkit from Rob Blezard, web editor for the Stewardship of Life Institute. It explores the theme in a newsletter article, Sunday bulletin snippets and links to web resources.
Theory is great, but putting it into practice is even better. Here are eight steps you and your leadership team can follow to develop a written theology of stewardship to guide and grow your church’s culture of generosity. By Horizons Stewardship’s Joel Mikell, via Vanco. (Photo: Photo (c) Keren Tan, ShareAlike License)
What are the stewardship practices that work in a crisis? They’re the same ones that work in good times, says Bishop Greg Rickel of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Wash. His illuminating PowerPoint presentation provides excellent insight for stewardship leaders in times good or bad. (Photo: Winston Heath, Creative Commons )
It’s a dilemma that many congregations face: Church funds have seeded a childcare program, outreach or other ministry, but now its outgrown the congregation’s support. Maybe it’s time to spin it off as its own nonprofit, says this article from Faith & Leadership. (Photo: Photo: Niuton may, Creative Commons)
While the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted ministries of churches across the world, the impact varies widely depending on the ministry context’s resources, preparedness, responses and other factors, argues Grace Duddy Pomroy, director of the Stewardship Leaders Program at Luther Seminary. She shares her insights.
Most planned gifts come in the form of bequests or beneficiary designations. If you’re hesitant to talk about this you are hardly alone, but your congregation might be missing out on some ministry-changing generosity! From the United Methodist Church. (Photo: David Morris, Commons License)
Check out this free e-book from Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Published in 1950, the book’s opening chapters offer timeless observations on the role of the pastor and theology of stewardship, even if some of its recommendations are antiquated. (Photo © Elena Schweitzer – Fotolia.com)
As the future unfolds, offerings will likely no longer be able to fully fund your congregation’s ministry. Increasingly, churches will have to rethink their ministries and adopt multiple income streams, says author and pastor Mark DeYmaz. Podcast from Wesley Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church leadership.
The COVID-19 pandemic will surely have a long-term impact on the financial life of congregations, regardless of their denomination, size or makeup. How can churches survive and even thrive in a post-pandemic landscape? Faith & Leadership asked 12 leaders to weigh in. (Photo: Joshua Smith, Creative Commons)