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By Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs
How do health and hospitality overlap? In Four Steps to a Public Health Ministry, Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs lists how parishes can lean on and build up their spiritual gifts by supporting physical healing programs in and through their communities.
By Charis Bhagianathan
Addressing the issue of hospitality in our churches requires us to first look outside our doors and begin these important conversations with our community and neighborhood. In this issue we share ideas on how to invite those around us into relationship by asking is what needed and prayerfully seeking ways to make true welcome both our mission and ministry.
By Charis Bhagianathan
What does practicing Christ-like hospitality look like? How can we work on improving our ability to provide a genuine welcome and invitation to all? Welcome that not only allows people to feel comfortable and cared for, but also allows them to see that this place or community could be their home, a place where they could thrive, love and truly belong. In this issue, we share ideas on radical hospitality, welcome and outreach.
By Linda Buskirk
Are you struggling with trying to implement year-round stewardship practices at your parish? In Three ways to Perk Up Year-round Stewardship, Linda Buskirk shares practical and fun ideas to invigorate your congregation’s understanding of giving.
By Greg Syler
Focusing energies on new missions and transformative ministry instead of on simply raising funds can breathe life into your Christian community. In We’re Building A Mission Here, Greg Syler explains why it’s critical to focus on who God is calling us to be now, and not be shackled by past practices.
By James Jordan
What does transparency mean and why is it so important for the healthy functioning of an organization? In Financial Transparency, James Jordan examines some inhibitors and enablers of transparency, and tells us why keeping parishioners informed and engaged is so critical.
By Dr. Robert Stevens y el Rvdmo. Julio Holguín
La mayordomía personal es una parte importante de la autosostenibilidad de la Iglesia y de su propia dignidad en américa latina y la República Dominicana.
By Robert Stevens and Julio Holguín
Good stewardship and sustainability go hand in hand for most churches. In Stewardship Is Key in Latin America and the Dominican Republic, Robert Stevens and Julio Holguín share the Diocese of the Dominican Republic’s work toward economic independence and growth in mission and ministry.
By Rhonda Rogers
Why do we give? What drives our stewardship practices? In Because God Always Gives, Rhonda Rogers recalls powerful childhood memories of generosity and stewardship in action – memories that have shaped her giving habits as an adult. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Jerry Keucher
Telling people what they should do is much less effective than sharing why they should do it. In Why Would I Want To?, Jerry Keucher explains why it’s critical for the Church to make a shift from the language of obligation to the language of desire, especially when it comes to talking about money.