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By Jim Murphy
Tick-tock! It’s time to start planning your end-of-the-year giving campaign! In our latest blog, Jim Murphy, Managing Director of Endowment Management Services at ECF, reminds us of the different ways that donors can give that can be more convenient for them than cash and checks. He includes some templates and sample text that are available for download.
By Linda Buskirk
St. John’s of Grand Haven MI uses a personal approach to stewardship that has proved very effective and pleasant for its practitioners. Starting in the spring and continuing throughout the entire year, stewardship team members reach out individually to parishioners on their lists through personal notes. Giving to St. John’s has increased about 25% over the past five years.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Many have used metaphor to teach about the Church, the church as a mother, etc. In her blog, Lisa Fischbeck compares small and mid-sized churches to corgis, agile little dogs that have the fortitude of big dogs but with small dog advantages.
By Sandy Webb
Are we open to new ways of being community? In An Audacious Spirit of Abundance, Sandy Webb shares the story of Church of the Holy Communion’s Audacity Fund and the projects it supported that led to a dramatic shift in the life of his church and community.
By David Robinson
A church building is a gift that we must consider using to its fullest potential. In Putting Our Buildings to Work, David Robinson invites us to be open to all possibilities and lists ideas for transforming church spaces.
By Demi Prentiss
Have you considered what resources you might have hidden in plain sight? In Uncovering Hidden Treasure, Demi Prentiss narrates the experiences of different churches in finding and using their underutilized assets in powerful, missional ways.
By Sandy Webb
Un espíritu de escasez puede desmoronar una parroquia, mientras que un espíritu de abundancia la puede edificar.
By Kirk Berlenbach
What if the first step to growing is letting go of the past? In Nostalgia Is a Disease, Kirk Berlenbach suggests that what we need to be effective as a church is to free ourselves from the yoke of nostalgia, to look outwards to the community and redefine what a ‘successful church’ looks like in our unique context.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue we bring you ideas for using the existing assets at our disposal in new and transformational ways.
By Alan Bentrup
Alan Bentrup discusses how large organizations are hard to change. He compares the Episcopal Church with General Stanley McChrystal’s experience with Special Operations in Iraq. Both have structures that were made for the realities of previous eras. To adapt to a new reality, an organization has to be willing to change and must ask the right questions.