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Is there a sure-fire way to set up a planned giving effort from scratch in a congregation? While there's no magic bullet, Jim Murphy, ECF's managing program director for financial resources, recommends these basic steps.
The Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare is a grass roots organization composed of laity and clergy within the Episcopal Church who share the common belief that all Gods creatures deserve basic compassion and humane treatment and ought to be within the scope of the churchs ministry and embrace.
By Tyler D. Schleicher
If parishioners give electronically, how will their offerings get blessed? "I give electronically" cards may be the answer.
ECF Vital Teams consultant Rosa Lindahl believes a leadership team’s capacity to move into the future depends on its ability to function effectively. What can we, as congregational leaders, do to discuss more openly and honestly the ways in which our relationships with each other could be strengthened and built up?
Trying to remember where you saw that Lenten resource? ECF Vital Practices maintains a curated list of resources created by various faith organizations.
ECF offered a number of workshops the 2014 Church Leadership Conference: Unlocking the New Church. Copies of some of the presentations are offered below.
By Bob Schorr
Looking for ways to make your meetings more productive? Consider adopting the practice of using a consent agenda.
Links to free Advent resources, calendars and devotions, reflections; St. Nicholas Day; and preparing for Christmas visitors at your church.
By Gerald W. Keucher
Principles for managing clergy discretionary funds.
The Medical Trust offers information and resources to help church employers learn how healthcare reform affects them.