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)
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.
Stewardship ministry can be so much more! Church leaders can approach stewardship and finance in ways that inspire generosity and encourage the sound use of church resources. Hear how in this podcast from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Seminary. (Photo: Alias 0591, Creative Commons)
Your church may have more resources than you think! In this podcast crom the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Jacqueline Jones-Smith explains how Christ Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, once slated for closure, turned itself around by embracing a more entrepreneurial mindset and taking stock of its physical and human assets.
Wondering how to approach a stewardship campaign in the era of COVID-19? Ken Sloane of the United Methodist Church offers ideas that affirm the importance of the church’s ongoing mission while being sensitive to economic loss, attentive to people’s experiences and stories, and grateful for all gifts. (Photo: www.inkmedia.eu, Creative Commons)
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.
Although many churches shutter to think that their pastor peeks at the offering records, there are some solid reasons why a good congregational leader should be aware of the level of giving that people make. Here are some guidelines, from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. (Photo © Michael Nivelet – Fotolia.com)
Saying thank you promptly and regularly is one of the simplest and most effective things a congregation can do to reinforce good stewardship and enhance giving. This article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership helps show you how. (Photo by Orin Zebest, used by Creative Commons license)
One of the most important contributions a leader can make is to believe that things can happen. When we do not, they will not. It is that simple. This article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, explores how confident leadership can bring a project from plans to prosperity. (Photo by Jennifer (SweetOnVeg), used by […]
Narrative budgeting has a critical role to play in any comprehensive parish stewardship program. Basic philanthropic theory indicates that people want their money to have an impact, and narrative budgeting is a great tool to demonstrate to donors how their money and time touch the lives of people in need. (Photo © Artur Gabrysiak – […]