in Vital Posts and filtered by Capital Campaigns, Worship, Youth & Young Adults + 3 other(s)
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 Greg Syler
Would your small church be better off in collaboration with another small church? In his latest blog, Greg Syler proposes that the Episcopal Church use some multisite thinking. He presents statistics to show that the movement towards multisites is growing and that its practitioners are happy with the model.
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 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.
By Annette Buchanan
Commemorations are very important in church life and can be used for stewardship, evangelism, outreach etc. They are sources of inspiration to recharge and revitalize us in our journey as Christians.
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
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 Lisa G. Fischbeck
In A Celebration of Life to Prepare for Death, Lisa Fischbeck explores the bright side of being given enough time to prepare for death. She gives the example of a founding parishioner’s cancer diagnosis and how his family and the church came together to host a celebration of his life.