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The first sermon I ever heard on stewardship was called “The Sermon on the Amount”. It was classic. And bad!
It was spoken by a young layperson who had been commissioned by the Sr. Warden to “say a few words.” It was mercifully short. It was truly apologetic, in the bad sense of the word.
The preacher stood up near the front […]
These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass.
But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss.
Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given you enough to open a dialogue. […]
They are not easy at first. They are ‘off-putting’, to use a colloquium. Or tacky. When the subjects come up, you can see everyone squirm in their seats. We wish we could just avoid them. But there are five of them that need to happen pretty routinely.
What I am talking about? Awkward questions like the following:
- Who should have access to […]
Talking about generosity in the church is always a balancing act between faithful theological and pastoral instruction on the one hand and practical, applied communication on the other. You’ve got to look at the subject from 40,000 feet while keeping your boots firmly planted on the ground.
In Giving Up, I’ve tried to walk this line, outlining generosity as the heart […]
On this blog, I try to provide tactical advice on growing generosity in the church.
Every church leader knows that giving is especially vital as the year winds to a close.
(To learn 3 things from your yearly church budget shortfall, click here.)
The end may be nigh upon us, but there is no need to feel like you are scrambling to […]
I regularly visit churches around the country and about this time of year, a new, semi-liturgical ceremony begins around the church budget. (I participated in it myself during my three decades in ministry. It became something totally normal for me; it’s only now that I’m in the pews most Sundays that I’ve realized how odd this little ritual is.)
It usually begins […]
Pastors, it’s not too late to plan an emphasis on stewardship and generosity this fall. But it is almost too late.
Leading a church in this area takes intentionality and courage. Some pastors have such an allergy to the topic of giving that they don’t bring it up until it’s too late. Waiting until the end-of-the-year […]
Pastors and church leaders, if you’re scared or anxious about bringing up the topic of stewardship and giving with your churches, I’d like to draw your attention to the following series by David Roseberry of LeaderWorks.
Stewardship is extremely important, yet often extremely uncomfortable to talk about in the church! David addresses some […]
Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. The topic of stewardship and giving is not an easy one to speak about. It makes some people feel very uncomfortable. Both speaker and listener share long moments of angst when the topic is raised […]
As I wrote in part one of this series, a church without adequate resources will soon see their visions become vapors. Money feeds momentum. It is a sign of commitment, involvement, trust, hope, and even worship unto the Lord! It is good to talk about!
That is why developing a culture […]
A third rail is the high voltage power line that runs along a subway train. It is the one you are warned NOT to touch. It powers the train. But don’t touch it. It makes everything go, but if you touch it, it might kill you. Zap! Shock!
For some congregations, the topics of stewardship […]
Some of you may know the acryonm KISS. I did not when it was first whispered in my ear by an unknown man about five minutes before my first sermon many years ago. He was a robed lay reader and was seated next to me. The church was filled with the good people of my first curacy in Arizona. Ken […]
The awkward questions are easy to ignore, but leaders can’t shy away from topics that have the potential to cripple ministry if left unaddressed. What goes unspoken can create divisions and spread distrust.
Read Part Two
If you haven’t caught up, here’s what we’ve discussed:
- In the first post, I asked […]
by David Roseberry
I have been so grateful for the many people who have responded to the vision of Giving Up. Several rectors have texted me and told me that the book made a difference in their thinking and in their planning for the last three months of the year. And, thankfully, in the way their church responded.
Our church year begins with Advent, but self-reflection and goal-setting are good for all of us and the turning of the calendar is as good a time as any to start.
This year, why not resolve to be more generous?
Lots more ideas here!
As we argue in […]
Last week, I talked about how to encourage generosity at the end of the year by making Growing generosity is a part of your teaching ministry, and teachers need to be creative. We’ve talked about getting creative by making a Christmas Wish List for your church. It’s a way to engage the people directly with the needs […]
We’ve talked a lot about increasing generosity at the end of the year. As we’ve posted elsewhere, the end of the year brings challenges. You’ve got this year’s budget gaps, next year’s budget planning, end-of-the-year appeal letters—it’s a lot. On top of that, Christmas is fast approaching.
There are two temptations during seasons like this in ministry.
I’ve seen […]
It’s the time of year when church leaders are starting to see lots of red—and it isn’t always early Christmas decorations! Lots of churches have deficits they need to close by year’s end. I have been there many (MANY) times.
Sometimes, these gaps are relatively small. All you need is to remember to ‘double December’ and take a breath. (If you […]
In 2012, in response to so-called consumer holidays ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’, New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation partnered to create Giving Tuesday. This November 28, organizations, influencers, and individuals will reach out across their platforms to encourage people to give generously to worthy causes.
As I wrote […]
Here’s a round-up of the latest news and resources from LeaderWorks:
- The Matthew 25 Initiative held its annual gathering last month. It was a remarkable time among amazing people who serve the lost and least. Read a little of my talk with them.
- Last year, I wrote a little bit about the liturgical calendar (and, […]
Writing an Appeal Letter is about saying “will you” and then “thank you”.
A few years ago I had to do what every Rector or Sr. Pastor should do about this time of year: write a year-end appeal letter. (If you need convincing that you should, read here.)
My church was […]
It is that time of year again. Budget time! As pastors, leaders, vestries, and boards are wringing their hands about the close of this year, plans for next year are being drawn up.
Over the years I developed a few ‘hacks’ for church leaders. I’ve collected a few […]