Covid 19 has accelerated some trends in church culture that had been simmering, and now leaders are struggling to adapt. Horizons Stewardship suggests eight obstacles to fully funding your ministry — and how to handle them.
More and more congregations are seeing that relying on just the money received in weekly donations from members to live into the mission God has called them into is no longer enough. Grace Duddy Pomroy of Luther Seminary explores some alternatives.
After listening to Christianity Today’s podcast series on what happened to the Seattle-area megachurch, Carey Nieuwhof draws out some important lessons that leaders of all churches are wise to keep in mind. (Photo: Dennis Skley, Creative Commons)
Year-end is prime time for charitable giving. How is your church doing? Here are some ideas that can help your congregation finish as strongly as possible. From Horizons Stewardship. (Photo: MattX27, Creative Commons)
Is there a better way to observe the coming of God into the world than engaging in an orgy of shopping and partying? Advent Conspiracy thinks so. It’s a movement to recapture meaning and purpose in the season run amok by consumerism. Check out their free resources.
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.
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)