Because we never know when a questionable or burdensome designated gift may come our way, having a gift acceptance policy in place is wise. The United Methodist Church has a wonderful sample. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Coming out of the pandemic in 2022, churches celebrated signs of hope as people returned. But if giving did not increase as well, there may be some factors at work beyond your control. The UMC’s Ken Sloan explores. (Photo © James Steidl – Fotolia.com)
Steward leadership involves much more than raising money. Good stewardship connects the church and its members to God’s mission. A good leader teaches and inspires everyone to use all their gifts wisely. The UMC’s Ken Sloan explains.
Teach your congregants about the many ways they can make a year-end gift and reduce their tax bill. The United Methodist Church’s informative, print-ready PDFs offer insight. (Photo: Got Credit, Creative Commons)
Within the alphabet-soup of terms for retirement funds and IRS jargon are some pretty significant giving opportunities for congregations. The United Methodist Church’s Ken Sloane explains. (Photo: Polina Tankilevitch, Pexels)
Especially in challenging times, online giving is important for church financial stability. But how to get folks giving online? Communication is key to building trust and acceptance, says Jeremy Steele of the United Methodist Church.
Gifts made to memorialize or honor a person enrich a congregation’s ability to provide ministry, but sometimes conflict can arise between the expectations of donors and those of the church. A policy can help keep things clear. (Photo: Photo © momius – Fotolia.com)
When it comes to strategies for funding ministries, planned giving is often forgotten amid plans to raise yearly pledges or capital campaigns. But congregations would be wise to make it a priority, says the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. (Photo: Ken Mayer, Creative Commons)
To do stewardship well, churches have to focus on it more than just a couple weeks in the fall. The United Methodist Church offers a comprehensive 12-month strategy from Herb Mather. Check it out and start planning! (Photo by Grublee, via Bigstockphoto.com)
As if the world’s financial system was not complicated enough, now there’s cryptocurrency. And what if someone makes a donation to your congregation in Bitcoin? Ken Sloane of the United Methodist Church gives a good overview of cryptocurrency for church leaders.