Methodist Foundation of Ohio

Category: Church Finance


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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Doing good or feeling good?

Do you know Tom’s Shoes?  It’s a shoe company that was started about five years ago.   Yes, they’re sold at Nordstrom’s and yes, they’re overpriced.  But that’s where Tom’s and most designers separate. Tom’s One for One program gives away…

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Helping those who help

As the news broke in Japan it wasn’t too long before I got thinking about UMCOR and its role in the relief effort of many of these disasters.  We are blessed to have Japan as the center of much of…

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Did you have a bumper?

Last week’s stock market fluctuations aside, the economy seems to be on the upswing.  Economists point to statistics like orders for durable goods and slowly easing unemployment rates as their proof. I knew it was better in late December by the…

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Giving as a faith process

I was blessed to be able to preach yesterday at Orchard Path UMC, one of our new church starts.  Reverend David Rittgers is leading a great group in suburban Cleveland and asked if I would talk stewardship with his people….

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Getting the puzzle to move

When my daughter was younger we bought her a traffic jam game.  It was a puzzle that had a red car that you needed to get out of a parking lot by moving other cars forward and back so the…

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How are you doing? CGP can help you figure that out

If you started the year with a new financial secretary he or she is probably pretty depressed seven Sundays into the new year.  He or she may have taken the total amount pledged, divided it by 52 and figured that…

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A successful U-turn

A couple of years a young, brand-new pastor starting attending our stewardship training.  Not some of them, all of them.  It looked like she was a stewardship junkie.  I like stewardship junkies. Hers was a church all too typical in…

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Go Tell Your Story!

Last fall Christianity took a kick to the teeth when Florida pastor Terry Jones decided he was going to burn the Koran. It must have been a slow news day.  I don’t think it’s newsworthy when a pastor of a…

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Stewardship Lessons from the Orthodontist

When I was growing up you didn’t get braces until your teeth had all come in.  But today the approach is to do braces much younger, often at age 8 or so.  That way they come in straight rather than…

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