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By Melissa Rau
Melissa Rau writes our latest blog from the viewpoint of young parents who are interested in getting involved, but are ultimately turned off by their church. They are welcomed, but not welcome to change anything.
By Sarah Townsend Leach
Sarah Leach contributes our latest blog. She wants the Episcopal Church to use the word “stewardship” the way the rest of the non-profit world uses it, not just to mean the solicitation of funds.
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 Linda Buskirk
Many faith communities are about to launch annual giving campaigns. Linda Buskirk suggests that thinking of the annual campaign as an invitation rather than an “ask” changes the dynamic and will help more people give.
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources on transformative stewardship.
By Maurice Seaton
Maurice Seaton gives us ten ideas to improve annual giving at your church. Each pledge or gift is a deeply personal decision and the easier you can make it to give, the better returns you will see.
By Annette Buchanan
Stewardship is a challenge for many congregations for a variety of reasons. Here, Annette Buchanan talks about two particular categories of congregants and how stewardship training may be able to help them be better givers.
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.