Personal Finance and the Church

In the church, we have long assumed that personal finance is a skill acquired elsewhere. Like we expect people to be able to drive to church, mow their own lawns, and be supportive and contributing members of our congregational communities. The gospel, however, invites us to find those places where people are suffering or dying (sometimes literally) and bring good …

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Defining the ‘Faith’ in Faith-Based Organizations

In his new book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism, David P. King takes a case-in-point look at the humanitarian work of one non-governmental organization, World Vision. Though it springs from the evangelical family of Christianity, and though Dr. King focuses on a faith-based organization rather than a congregation, I think his work offers those of …

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A New Digital Home for Stewardship

In case you missed it, in the previous post, Adam Copeland shared that he’s moving on from the Center for Stewardship Leaders in order to pursue a new vocation. It has been a great privilege to serve as editor for the Center for Stewardship Leaders newsletter the past four years. The ministry of stewardship leadership is an essential calling for …

Keep it Simple

Beyond faith communities, the second most popular place for charitable giving is colleges and universities. Given that fact, this week I’ve invited a college friend of mine, Matt Fedde, to share his wisdom for our audience from his expertise working in digital giving at St. Olaf College. Most of his advice will translate easily to churches, though perhaps not all. …

Giving Alone

Many assumptions accompany the way we do church. Some of these theological and cultural assumptions are helpful to tie us together. Others can push us apart. Further complicating things, they’re assumptions we’re often not even aware of in the first place. In today’s post, Grace Duddy Pomroy writes about an assumption many church leaders make about “giving units.” Or, more …

Unwrapping the Annual Campaign

The annual stewardship appeal ripples through many congregations in the fall, but the planning should begin much earlier. In today’s post, my colleague Catherine Malotky shares some of her congregation’s takeaways from last year’s campaign. It’s not too early — in fact, it’s the perfect time now — to start thinking about your approach to stewardship this fall. Yours truly, …