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 –

Vision: What Kind of Church Do We Want?

Vision is essential to a church. However, unlike the values, mission, and purpose, the vision is more subject to change. It is dynamic, not static. Over time, the vision must be renewed, adapted, and adjusted to the cultural context in which the congregation lives. The change takes place only at the margins of the vision, not at its core. Here are some important truths about vision that every church leader should know. (Photo by Philippematon, used by Creative Commons license)

Stewardship Planning and Preparation

Here’s a handy how-to guide for setting up a stewardship committee and program in your church. It lists the players you need on the team, their role and their strategy. Good stuff from the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of San Francisco. (Photo © Robert Kneschke –

A Guide for Year-Round Financial Stewardship Planning

This is a comprehensive guide for your congregation’s stewardship and finance team — a 46-page resource from the Presbyterian Church USA! Just what your church needs to get started or to stay on track. (Photo © JulietPhotography –

11 Steps to Stewardship Success

The first step gets you started in the right direction: DREAM BIG! The rest keep you going towards your goals. Solid suggestions, written with a little bit of fun and life,  from the United Church of Christ. (Photo by Gynane via BigStockPhoto)

Basics for a Year-Round Ministry of Stewardship

Sadly, for many churches stewardship campaign planning begins after Labor Day. A good stewardship ministry is a year-round effort. This free 16-page guide helps clarify ideas and misconceptions about stewardship as it provides a framework for planning a year-round stewardship campaign. (Flickr imge by alancleaver_2000, used by Creative Commons license)