Writings Update

As of November 2016, I am focused on completing a manuscript that is designed to help leaders develop churches in the way of Jesus.  Also, in 2017,  I will be writing stewardship themed articles  for the Presbyterian Outlook.   I will plan to begin blogging again in the near future.  In the meantime, feel free to browse previous posts in this blog.  Grace and peace, Sean

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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Church Capital Campaigns

The new millennium did not slow down church capital campaigns.  The presence of campaigns only grew during this period.  Then 2008 happened to all of us, and immediately the economy went down the slide and church capital campaigns disappeared overnight.  Now, similar to the titling in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this chapter of the saga is adequately titled, The Return of the Church Capital Campaign. It is not much of a surprise.  During the recession, church communities postponed building projects and other needs beyond the scope of the annual operating budget.  But now with warmed...

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Three stewardship goals for your pastoral leadership in 2015

The New Year is almost here.  Busyness will continue for pastors.  And, yes, this piece is mostly intended for my friends, these pastors, whose schedules with all of their breakfasts, meetings, lunches, and everything in between, are planned and full for quite a while.  I shall be brief, and in so doing, share some forecasts for church stewardship development in 2015 and highlight where you should consider giving your time and energy in this activity within your congregation.  I am basing each of these directives on a psychological observation, a spiritual practice, and a encouragement...

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The reasons all generations will give to your church or non-profit

Millennials (those born roughly between 1980 and 1995) like to give directly to a cause.  Every piece I have read on philanthropy and generational giving trends offers this as fact.   What do you think?  Have you heard this regarding millennials?  And, how many millennials have said this to you? I am a GenXer.  I may be an oddity when it comes to generational giving habits, as I like to give directly to a cause as millennials do.  I give to causes with which I have a connection, those close to my heart and life experiences.  Why wouldn’t I?  Why wouldn’t any of us?  I think most...

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