Methodist Foundation of Ohio

Category: Church Finance


Still Feeling the Depression

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the lowest birth rates in our country in the 20th Century happened in the 1930s, as a result of the Great Depression. But why should you care? Because the folks were born in…

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Take Nominations Seriously

Last winter I was asked to meet with a group of leaders from a United Methodist church that is facing some all too-common issues:  sliding attendance, less money in the offering plate and a general malaise.  As I discussed a number…

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Lessons From a 3-Day Walk

Yesterday my wife Chris wrapped up her participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  From early Friday morning until yesterday afternoon she and about 1,000 others walked 60 miles around western Cuyahoga County. Many of you are…

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The Value of a Shared Experience

For nearly half a century the good folks from Mayfield UMC have been going to Camp Aldersgate near Carrollton, one of our three Conference camps.  The church fills up the camp, spending a week together swimming and hiking, lugging each…

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Capital Campaign Help

I have a hunch that there are lots of churches in our Conference that have put off capital campaigns in the last four years or so.  With a struggling economy and plate income a challenge, it just did not seem…

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Program Review: Extravagant Generosity: Heart of Giving

In his Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Bishop Robert Schnase made the term “Extravagant Generosity” mainstream in the lexicons of many of our churches.  This summer Michael Reeves and Jennifer Tyler release Extravagant Generosity:  Heart of Giving.  I am grateful…

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Realigning to normal

Last week I heard a business guru give his tool to assess the success of small businesses given the difficult economy the last few years. “If you’re still open, you’re a success.”  But then he admonished them to get out…

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You can’t be too safe

It has become a key phrase in our society:  “You can’t be too safe.”  This notion when it comes to raising children prompted Lenore Skenazy to write Free Range Kids, a book and now a blog.  In it, she reminds…

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Value of a Friend: $118

Mastercard’s “Priceless” ad campaign is world-famous and fairly well satirized at this point.  In those ads you might expect to see Friendship identified as “Priceless.”  But a survey by the Gallup folks in 1998 puts a definite value on friendship, $118. …

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What’s on your list?

Do you have The List? You should. The List isn’t the one that has all the stuff you need to pick up at the grocery store.  The List is your wish list.  Or rather, your church’s wish list. What would…

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