Launching LeaderWorks!

Posted on December 26, 2016

I am so thankful that I am able, through LeaderWorks, to take over 3 decades worth of parish leadership experience, a few bits hard-won wisdom, and few more wounds, and share them with other churches and leaders. These first months have been a joy. LeaderWorks is up and running and I am thankful to have your support…

How to Write A Year End Appeal Letter

Posted on November 17, 2016

As a ‘lame duck’ rector of the church I’d pastored for decades, I had an unusual experience writing my last year-end appeal letter. I had announced my resignation six months earlier. The entire congregation was waiting for some good news from the Search Committee. And we had a significant financial need. HUGE! We needed to…

Should you Write an Appeal Letter

Posted on November 15, 2016

It is starting to happen on most afternoons now. I innocently walk to my mailbox hoping for a few letters or a favorite magazine.  I open the mailbox door, and it all starts to overflow into my arms and onto the street. Catalogs. More catalogs. Credit card offers. Direct mail solicitations. And of course, daily…

Meet Ben Gill: The Church’s Best Stewardship Leader

Posted on October 6, 2016

Just Posted this at LeaderWorks: Ben Gill is THE man when it comes to Stewardship, Capital Campaigns, and raising money for Kingdom work. The impact of his company Resource Services, Inc. is incalculable. They helped us (at Christ Church) raise the millions of dollars needed for the acquisition and expansion of our campus. And after…

Stewardship for the Last 100 Days of the Year

Posted on September 1, 2016

Over at LeaderWorks, I have written a few posts on stewardship over the last month. The Digest is here.  But this last post will pull everything together in a sample ‘Stewardship Emphasis Program’ for your church this Fall. It is not too late to do something specific and practical. So here are ten things to make…

LeaderWorks Digest

Posted on August 18, 2016

Over at LeaderWorks, I have been working on a series on Stewardship. Some of the posts have been featured here. But here they all are for your convenience.  I will add one more in the next week to help leaders think about this Fall and a Stewardship effort. But start reading here: Check out LeaderWorks

Almost Anonymous: Giving is Never Really Secret (Updated!!)

Posted on March 29, 2016

Anonymous (not his real name) will remain unknown to everyone who reads this account…but I can promise he is real and this story is true. A few years ago Anonymous was moved by a random email from a bishop within the ACNA.  This man was at a particularly prayerful and important time in his life. He was near…