Stewardship Kaleidoscope

The PCUSA’s Stewardship Kaleidoscope is coming soon, are you going? Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions! Source: Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Stewardship as a "three-fold cord" that can’t be broken

Marcia Shetler recommends that we understand three important facets of stewardship ministry: Stewardship – inspiring Christians to understand stewardship as part of discipleship, that giving is part of our Christ lifestyle Legacy – a unique form of generosity that requires forethought, knowledge, discernment, and trust Finance – monitoring revenue and expenditures, but also thanking the givers Each facet requires attention … Read More

Church "plants" solar garden to help itself and community

A church in Minnesota has found a way to help community members invest in solar, and provide for its own energy needs as well. Pax Christi is building a “solar garden” that allows the church to draw 40% of the energy produced for itself, and sell shares of the garden to community members, who reap benefits on their own electric … Read More

Laughter Is the Best (Stewardship) Medicine

Mary Poppins sang, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Well, we all love a laugh or two, especially for uncomfortable conversations. And what could need more laughter than the church taboos about money conversations. Here are a few jokes to keep you going this summer. Source: Laughter Is the Best Medicine | Voices on Stewardship

A stewardship plan for mainline (read "older") people

Charles “Chick” Lane is a great resource for church stewardship. His book, Ask Thank Tell, should be required reading for anyone on a church stewardship committee. Here, he outlines part two of a Stewardship Ministry with Retired People. Given the age demographic in many mainline churches, this is sound advice for a stewardship program for just about any congregation.  

The ROI of Gratitude?

As it turns out, gratitude is good for you. Science says so: Harvard Medical Review, In Praise of Gratitude. Business leaders say so: The Surprising ROI of Gratitude. And even theologians have gotten on board: Crafting a Theology of Stewardship, Part 7: Gratitude and Thanksgiving.  

5 Benefits of Capital Campaign Success

No doubt about it: managing an effective capital campaign takes planning and organization. So what are the benefits? People will work very intensely during the campaign. Undertaking a campaign will be a major congregational activity for a period of months. Church leaders will devote even more time than that to the campaign. Consider, however, the benefits of anticipated success. People … Read More

Where does the money come from?

Money. One of the major challenges that churches face is setting a sustainable funding strategy. When it comes to church finances, leaders often take a “seat of the pants” approach each fiscal year with small regard for tomorrow. Too, they may not understand the funding sources available to the church, or how those sources can hurt or hinder faith development … Read More

Feasibility Studies Save You Headaches and Avert Failure

“There was no feasibility study to make sure people were in favor of the project and willing to give.” Glenn and Barbara Holliman have an excellent little book about capital funding in churches. With Generous Hearts is well worth your time to read before considering a campaign. I was struck by their introduction. There, they spell out everything they did … Read More

Does Your Church Facility Represent Your Vision and Values?

There is nothing glamorous or exciting about building improvements like roof repair or window replacement. That was the reality that a recent client faced. Built in the late 1950s, their building had become worn and dated. Each proposed improvement seemed minor and cosmetic. All together, though, the updates added up to a substantial sum. As you know, a successful capital … Read More