Thoughts on Fundraising by Saint Paul of Tarsus and Henri Nouwen

Is fundraising a meaningful spiritual practice?  Does it fit into the matrix of ministry?  The work of “fundraising” has been labeled by a few minds as some irreverent effort that has no place in churches.  The implication is that asking for dollars is manipulative and represents a lack of trust in the provision of God.  Thankfully, this is not the only belief on the topic of congregational fundraising.  The other view is that fundraising and church can coexist.  Fundraising can be embraced, valued, and learned.  It can also connect us to the work of God in the world. ...

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Leadership Coaching Prevents Leadership Failure

Are you in the process of choosing your next board chair for your fundraising efforts or the lay leader for your church stewardship campaign?  Maybe you’ve already filled those positions and are ready for their training.  Equally important to choosing the right candidate is providing the right coaching for this new leader.  Seasoned with team leadership, or not, committee leaders need some encouragement, organized tasks, and help with critical thinking if they are to flourish in the role. Trending, especially in churches, is the selection of Gen Xers and millennials to fill leadership roles...

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Don’t overlook these goals!

Are you trying to rebuild your stewardship ministry or take one step closer to launching a campaign in your church?  During these opening days of 2014, consider adding a few or all of the following stewardship development goals to your action steps for the year: Talk about money and stewardship even when you’re not in a financial crisis mode. This is what Jesus did!  Identify and help develop one new stewardship ministry leader in your church.  People are the church, and it is mainly through people–not programs–that change happens. Read a book on stewardship...

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