Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #5

This is the fifth and final installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #4

This is the fourth installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #3

This is the third installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas to...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #2

This is the second installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas...

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Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #1

Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system. Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas to work, change needs to make its way into the leadership.  When leaders change the way they think and...

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Why it may be time to end your church stewardship committee

Why does your church have a stewardship or generosity committee?  What is the point?  When I ask church leaders these questions, I don’t get the rapid response for which I am hoping.  Or, in those few times when I do, I often hear one or a blend of the following answers: “To help our members live more generous lives”, and “To enable our members to thoughtfully steward all God has entrusted to them”.  These responses are expected and should be among the core reasons church communities commission these teams. My standard follow-up questions in these intake exercises are: “What ways are your...

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