Though many congregations are challenged by less in offerings, as a whole churches control trillions of dollars worth of assets. Author Mark Elsdon suggests strategies to invest more resources into mission. From Faith & Leadership. (Photo: John Guccione, Pexels)
Year’s end is a time to celebrate generosity and invite giving. It’s a chance for churches not only to attend to year-end stewardship but also to build momentum for giving year-round. From Faith & Leadership. (Photo: Olia Danilevich, Pexels)
“Terroir,” the word for the local environmental factors that give a particular wine or honey its distinctive flavor, can be applied to ministry, writes the director of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. In Faith & Leadership.
People often say that the church is like a business, or should be more like a business. But by the metrics of business management and capitalism, the work of churches and pastors is redundant, Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler writes in Faith & Leadership. (Photo: Alejandro Rdguez, Creative Commons)
There are more parallels between beekeeping and parish ministry than you’d think, argues Libby Davis Manning, who directs the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. What can you learn from her insights?
Compared to older people, younger adults carry significant debt, much of it from student loans, and some of it due to economic factors beyond their control. Some churches are helping their members understand and do something about the debt gap. (Photo (c) Supe87, Fotolia.com)
Don’t let the size of your congregation dictate how leaders are equipped to mission. Instead, take a cue from Sandy Plains United Methodist Church in rural North Carolina where they keep “every member in mind” for leadership in church and mission. (Image: Janet Ramsden, Creative Commons)
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.
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)
What are the implications of being a disciple of Christ on our personal finance? Well, for starters, how we earn and use our money needs to align with our values. A Boston ministry is helping its members to see how their money, time and special abilities can be put to Godly purposes. From Faith & […]