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Stewardship & Sustainability
When Does a Grant Help an Institution?
When an institution is operating in a scarcity mindset, it is logical to think that a windfall of money will bring immediate health, creating the conditions for growth and sustainability. But Robert C. Saler, the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary, notes the importance of giving “the right grant to the right institution at the right time.” These three markers are helpful in determining when and whether the conditions are present for a grant to promote health within an institution.
Tithing Over Text is now a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry
The popularity of online tithing coincides with moves to incorporate more technology and strategy into church operations. Congregations have offered digital giving options for well over a decade, often relying on marketplace tools like PayPal and online bill pay (which still involves banks sending checks each month). But the latest batch of resources has more specialized, high-tech options to cater to churches in particular.
For many churches the word stewardship has long been associated with the annual pledge season that parishes rely on to fund their annual operating expenses. It can be a time of uncertainty and trepidation with regard to raising enough funds and keeping the campaign fresh and relevant in ways that will ensure success. 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 these uncertainties.
Breaking the taboo about money talk can be fruitful for congregations. Congregations courageous enough to talk openly about money are more likely to see their revenue streams grow than those that treat the topic as taboo, according to the recently released National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, the largest nationally representative survey of congregational finances in a generation.
With consistent pledging increasingly uncertain, increasing numbers of Episcopal churches are beginning to ferret out their underutilized assets. And they’re discovering that they may have treasures hiding in plain sight. Congregations become encouraged and energized to learn that they have untapped resources, often overlooked for decades, that can both improve the church’s financial position and better serve the surrounding community. This article is part of ECFVP’s September 2019 Vestry Papers issue on Mobilizing our Assets for Mission.
Last summer, Ted Henken, a 47-year-old sociology professor at Baruch College, New York, was searching for somewhere to get some work done when he passed a sign advertising a co-working space. Although there is no shortage of these in Manhattan, this one was diﬀerent: the sign was outside a 90-year-old Lutheran church. Henken was intrigued, but wary; if he joined, would someone try to convert him?
Housing is a profound and even holy good, rooted in deeper notions of home. Christians are called to re-create communities where people of every income level and race can make our homes together. This Presbyterian church has made advocating for affordable housing part of their call for their community.
how to be the church beyond our buildings
For many congregations, it can feel like the building is either the default center of the mission or has eclipsed any sense of mission. How can faith communities embrace or expand beyond the brick and mortar to find what the Holy Spirit is calling them to do? This webinar from Virginia Theological Seminary focuses on how to discern the next steps for finding your mission-driven ministries and new initiatives.
For so long, the mainline Christian congregational model has been the only way we could imagine clergy serving our vocation. But today, we have many other ways to consider being the church, and serving the church. What might it look like to serve fully as an ordained clergyperson in unexpected ways and places?
Trust is fragile. And finances, if not handled correctly, can be a source of worry rather than security. This article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership outlines seven policies for institutional trust and financial integrity that reduce confusion and conflict while at the same time encouraging generosity to support your mission.
Current statistics about church decline are grim; however, instead of focusing on solving the intractable problem of why churches are closing, some forward-thinking leaders try to learn from models that are thriving. Models that are thriving today and in the future will have certain things in common, such as a commitment to making disciples of modern secularized Americans, a deep knowledge of the changing cultural landscape that exists outside of Christian enclaves, and a capacity to grow and multiply without traditional funding sources.
Hidden within your budgeting process is a golden opportunity to reach the members of your faith community in ways not possible by any other means. You have an opportunity to connect them, no matter how God has gifted them and set free all the collaborative, creative power they embody. Most importantly, you have the power to lift up the ultimate “Why” behind your hospitality, your outreach and everything you do and to help even your most pragmatic, business-minded folks connect more deeply with it. This is another excellent resource from Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices.