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By Nick Sollog
ECF Capital Campaign Consultant Nick Sollog relates his experience with a church that was in the middle of a feasibility study when their rector was elected Bishop of another diocese. All hope was not lost! The vestry found two chairs to lead the campaign, which not only reached its primary goal but its challenge goal too.
By Linda Buskirk
In Three Tips for Grant Writing, Linda Buskirk gives succinct advice for those who are trying to raise funds from foundations. Her three tips are designed to save you time and increase your grant writing efficacy.
By Joe Merlino
Joe Merlino talks about discernment in his first blog post for ECF. A capital campaign consultant, Joe meets with parishes that often have tried various approaches before turning to ECF. Here he explains the holistic approach he uses with parishes.
By Lindsey Harts
Lindsey Harts grew up doing “code red drills” where she hid from a pretend shooter. She feels that this common experience among millennials helped lead to the generation’s demand for radical authenticity. As she says, “in a world where shootings are live-streamed on the internet…you tend to have a very low tolerance for nonsense.”
By John Lynch
John Lynch was always expected to be a leader as a millennial. He thinks it’s because he continued to show up in church. Here he shares his impressions of leadership and a lesson that he learned from members of the oldest generation—Trust in God and pray.
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources on transitions and how to tackle them.
By Hilary Bogert-Winkler
Hilary Bogert-Winkler argues that millennials as a group have a particular relationship with authenticity. The churches she’s seen that are thriving and that have a healthy number of millennials and their families are churches that have a firm sense of who they are.
By Maria Bautista Vargas
Maria Bautista Vargas is privileged to have been supported in the church and connected to transformative leadership opportunities, but recognizes that there are many other young adults without such opportunities. Which is a shame, because in her experience young adults are eager and hungry to serve!
By Linda Buskirk
Cottage meetings are gatherings in homes where folks can explore faith and pray for guidance. Meeting in homes allows people to get to know each other in comfortable, relaxed settings while working on a question.
By Melissa Rau
Is your church community putting its money where its mouth and mission are? This month we are highlighting five resources on mission-based finances.