Category: Church Finance


Time for Connection or Silos?

I grew up in a very United Methodist home.  Going to Christ  United Methodist Church in Alliance on Sunday was never in question.  Dad was the Lay Leader for our church, my brothers and I did Sunday School, UMYF, various…

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The One Church Plan Reimagined

In the past 24 hours I have read many blogs, posts, texts and emails along the lines of, “Now What?” I say now is the time for The One Church Plan. No, not the one you’ve been hearing about. My…

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So What Just Happened?

About 90 minutes ago the General Conference announced the results of the prioritization vote.  The Traditional Plan had 55% of the voters rate it a high priority for discussion  The One Church Plan had 48%, The Simple Plan 19% and…

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What Sunday Looks Like

Sunday is looking like an interesting day. It’s Sunday morning so we start with worship, of course.  At 7:30 a.m.  Why the early start?  Because one of our rules is that we have to be done by 6:30 each evening. …

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Under The Big Top

Because we’re the church, we pray.  A lot.  We pray before meetings, we pray at the office pot luck and we pray before General Conference.  But today was different.  An entire day of prayer, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or…

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The Irony of a Theme

When General Conference met in Portland about three years ago we worked under the theme, “Therefore Go,” a shortened version, presumably, of The Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father…

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Grants and Scholarships Available

Our annual grant cycle has begun and we invite you to apply for Foundation grants and scholarships.  Deadline for all is March 1. See our grants and scholarships page for more information. If you are a seminary student or know…

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Thanks for asking

My neighbor, Rick, loped up the driveway the other day and after a couple minutes of chit chat he said, “Hey I need to get that edger off of you this afternoon.” Now I don’t mind lending out my tools. …

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Gift Annuity Rates on the Rise

Gift annuities have always been attractive for donors.  They offer a great win-win, with individuals receiving a guaranteed income for life and their churches benefiting at the end of the donor’s life. Here at the Foundation we manage about 45…

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Unexpected Market Volatility

In the last week or so, stock markets have seen significant volatility, or change, and it has folks worried.  Stocks dropped about 6% early in the week.  Does a bad week make Chicken Little correct, maybe people wonder. The chart…

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