Prepare for Those 65 and Older

The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to almost double from 40 million in 2010 to 74 million in 2030. Retirees facing an uncertain future on a fixed income may not be able to give as generously to the church year-by-year, but they will be putting their estate plans and wills in order. Here are some ways your congregation can get ready! (Photo: Garry Knight, Creative Commons)

Begin Your 2017 Planning Now!

Advent should prompt you to begin looking at your financial plans for 2017. Many pastors will wait until late spring or even summer and then ask somebody in the church to head up a campaign in the fall, at which point the pastor will preach on money one Sunday and people will be asked to once again sign a card. Do you really think your results will be any different than they have been? Before January is over, ask and answer the following questions! (Photo © Robert Kneschke –

In Giving, Lead by Example

Hey pastor, does the congregation know what you give? It ought to, and you should be leading by example, according to author and stewardship consultant J. Clif Christopher. “When a pastor and staff are not tithing and being generous in every possible way, it is seldom that I will see a congregation that does.” (Photo: […]

Rich Church/Poor Church

Why do some churches seem to struggle financially year after year, while other congregations of similar size and circumstance have all the resources they need? It could be that the well-resourced congregations understand the primary reasons why people give their time, talent and treasure, and they organize and focus their efforts accordingly. This article from MinistryMatters explains. (Photo by Ignorant Walking, used by Creative Commons license.)

Motivational Quarterly Reports

Giving strictly financial information in quarterly reports is a wasted opportunity, says stewardship author J. Clif Christopher, who suggests ways to give donors some reasons to keep on giving.  (Photo by Lenore Edman, used by Creative Commons license)

  • September 23
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J. Clif Christopher Stewardship Workshop

Here is a wonderful stewardship workshop that J. Clif Christopher, author of “Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate” and many other books, recently led for the United Methodist Foundation for the Tennessee and Memphis conferences of the United Methodist Church. The whole workshop is posted in four parts for your watching, and there’s an accompanying guidebook for free download. Wow! (Photo © xy –

  • September 19
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