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Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

Stories and insights from a seasoned digital pastor to help you adapt to moving community online.
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Rethinking Stewardship Videos

Rethinking Stewardship Videos

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I’ve always been a huge fan of church leadership conferences. Well, last
How Our Failure to Address the “M” Word Damages More Than Budgets

How Our Failure to Address the “M” Word Damages More Than Budgets

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In many churches about this time of year, stewardship teams kick into
Incremental Stewardship

Incremental Stewardship

“Compound interest,” the old quote goes, “is the eighth wonder of the
The Importance of Gifts Policies - Part Two: Retiring Gifts

The Importance of Gifts Policies – Part Two: Retiring Gifts

In his “The Importance of Gift Policies” post last week, The Importance
The Importance of Gifts Policies -- Part One: Receiving and Refusing Gifts

The Importance of Gifts Policies — Part One: Receiving and Refusing Gifts

Let’s be honest, the word “policy” probably doesn’t bring to mind creative,
Growing Generosity (Part 2)

Growing Generosity (Part 2)

Last week in Growing Generosity (Part 1) Catherine Malotky introduced the concept
Growing Generosity (Part 1)

Growing Generosity (Part 1)

I recently saw a tweet linking to a dozen charts depicting twelve
Review: “Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries”

Review: “Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries”

This week, Alex Benson reviews a helpful stewardship book that works to
Boosting Digital Giving

Boosting Digital Giving

Our newsletter articles on digital giving are consistently some of our most
Stewardship vs. Funding the Church -- Part 2

Stewardship vs. Funding the Church — Part 2

In the early 2000s, president George W. Bush used a particularly apt,
Stewardship vs. Funding the Church -- Part I

Stewardship vs. Funding the Church — Part I

In my course, “Starting New Missional Ministries” students have an assignment in
Phasing into Digital Giving

Phasing into Digital Giving

I have no idea how much cash is in my wallet. I
Stewardship in January: Celebrating Epiphany as a Season of Giving

Stewardship in January: Celebrating Epiphany as a Season of Giving

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity
Financial Challenges and Leading Congregations

Financial Challenges and Leading Congregations

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I’m pleased to introduce a new member of the CSL team, Catherine
Stewardship of Community

Stewardship of Community

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I was recently approached by a congregation looking for advice on advertising.
How will your congregation’s value be assessed?

How will your congregation’s value be assessed?

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Years ago, I was having coffee at a café in the shadow
Voice

Voice

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed last week, I saw a short video
Cash Got Your Tongue? Why do pastors wince at money-talk?

Cash Got Your Tongue? Why do pastors wince at money-talk?

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I first met -- and was impressed by -- the Rev. Karl
Anxious Stewardship

Anxious Stewardship

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As fall stewardship season gets close, many church leaders approach the conversation
Can the Church Steward Work?

Can the Church Steward Work?

Just like the word “stewardship,” “vocation” is one of those words we

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