Every Stewardship Ministry Needs a Plan

Do you have stewardship development goals for the next 12 months?  More importantly, do you have a 12-month plan to guide those goals?  For years, especially since 2008, those who have answered No to these questions have not witnessed much growth in their operating budget.  At best, church communities lacking a plan will make a fundraising ask the way they always have and in the month of the year they always have. Why is that?  Simply, stewardship development is not a priority.  (If you have not read my previous piece on prioritization, you can find that on my blog.)  Once you get it—after...

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The Prioritization of Stewardship Ministry

Don’t try. Be persistent with stewardship ministry.  Persistence is an often-noted behavior of effective stewardship development. It was the Jedi master, Yoda, who famously said, “Do or don’t do, there is no try.”  “Trying” financial development is not a practice of the highly efficient non-profit organization.  They do it every day.  If fundraising does not get the results for which they were hoping, they don’t discard the practice.  They keep going to conferences, reading about what is trending, and continuing to search for new tactics to inspire generosity to their causes.  A few sectors...

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