By Jim Murphy, Carsten Sierck, Greg Rousos and Kevin McGowan
How does my congregation or church organization get started with socially responsible investing?
By Joe Merlino
In this webinar we will explore how a return to the biblical and theological understanding and practice of stewardship as the “care of the soul of the other” offers a path for addressing uncertainties in stewardship.
By Bill Campbell
Do you encounter a lot of beliefs and ideas about stewardship at your church? In The Top Five Stewardship Myths, Bill Campbell addresses some common myths around stewardship and offers suggestions on how to make the best use of our assets.
By Brian Sellers-Petersen
What can you do with land? Turns out, the sky is the limit! In Stewardship and Land, Brian Sellers-Peterson shares his view of our greatest common asset – land, and provides numerous examples of active ministries that take advantage of this often underutilized gift.
By Steve Follos
Extension ministries are great way to use church property effectively – engaging with the community to fill a real need, while also supplementing the church’s income. But are there any risks to consider? In Extension Ministries and Risk, Steve Follos describes ways to mitigate risk and protect your church in these situations.
By Demi Prentiss
If you’ve been blessed with home ownership, have you considered how can you turn that into an asset that will benefit many others? In Turning Burdens into Blessings, Demi Prentiss explains Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, a charitable gift instrument that can benefit both you and the communities you care about.
By Christopher Adams
In Strategic Planning Is Overrated, Christopher Adams shares the experience of his parish as it navigated a strategic visioning process, learning that listening to the Spirit and creating a common language together can completely transform a congregation.
By Jim Said
What role does relationship building play in strategic visioning? In Planning Your Work, Working Your Plan James Said narrates his experience with Invite Welcome Connect; a transformational ministry that helped his congregation address their interest in increasing their ASA thoughtfully and sustainably.
By Lauren Grubaugh
How do we evangelize and mobilize ourselves to be doers in the Jesus Movement? In Stretching Our Strategic Imagination – Part II, Lauren Grubaugh discusses three ways to activate our souls and bodies towards our work in building God’s Beloved Community. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Charis Bhagianathan
For strategic visioning to be successful, several steps need to be actively discerned. Involving all stakeholders from the start, creating a shared mission and vision and setting goals are just a few of these steps. Perhaps the most important is the first – leading with the Spirit and going where you are being called, often when it is inconvenient, difficult and time-consuming. In this issue we bring you ideas from individuals and congregations who were inspired, challenged and positively altered through their visioning processes.