Sowing and Reaping

We live in a transactional society. We pay. We get. It’s always supposed to be fair and even. But it rarely happens that way. So, we try...

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To Grow Generosity, Make Some Waves

Peter Drucker once said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Could it be that shrinking church...

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Living Generously Begins with Trust

The Ecumenical Stewardship Center produces resources to help congregations encourage faithful generosity. Our Giving: Growing Joyful...

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Accepting and Honoring Memorial and Legacy Gifts

Most churches have a policy and/or committee that accepts memorial, legacy and honor gifts. Many times, this policy has been around for...

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The Truth About Teaching Radical Generosity

Children are wise and discerning souls, and they often require the very best of our ministry skills. This is especially true when teaching...

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Putting God First

The mission of the church is to do whatever it takes to develop disciples of Jesus who gather, grow and go. By that, I mean: Gather –...

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Use the 80/20 Rule to Be a More Effective Church Steward

So, what is the 80/20 Rule? I’ll get to that in just a moment. But first a question: Are you growing the giving to your church or is it...

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Five Reasons Every Church Should Have a Theology of Stewardship

The seven perspectives I presented in earlier posts from my book, Crafting a Theology of Stewardship, were a starting place for church...

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Great Teams Lead to Great Stewardship

“A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Eccles. 4:12, NRSV Is finding leaders for your congregational stewardship ministry a joy...

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Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Anyone who works in a church office knows that raising funds, particularly in summer months, is a challenge. But that effort must be...

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