Methodist Foundation of Ohio

Category: Church Finance


Kicking off your campaign with a good story

There are about 750 churches in the East Ohio Annual Conference and if all 750 did a stewardship campaign, all 750 would be different.  And I think that’s how it should be.  Churches have different cultures, serve different demographics, are…

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Nine numbers you need to know

As you continue to plan your campaign, it is important to know where you want the campaign to get you.  And to know that you need to know where you are. There are some figures you need to have a…

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Yes, you should know

Based on the calls and emails from last week’s post there was a part of it that many of you were uncomfortable with. As I’m sure you will recall I suggested that you send different stewardship messages to different folks,…

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Different Audiences, Different Messages

This fall as you begin to draft your letter for the stewardship campaign I’m willing to bet that most you will write something like: While we have been able to do so much this past year thanks to your incredible…

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So about that whole tithing thing

In the church tithing is a word kind of like “cancer”, it’s best whispered only in appropriate company.  At least that’s the opinion of many folks I talk stewardship with but  I think this is wholly inaccurate.  I hear the…

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About Those 52 Years

Timing is, they say, everything.  Here is the report I gave at Annual Conference in 2015.  Looking back, it seems I was a year ahead of my time.   I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but in the…

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My Favorite Wednesday

I often begin my sermon for stewardship Sunday by saying that it’s my favorite day of the church year, the day that the congregation decides what kind of church it chooses to be next year:  a church of scarcity or…

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Final reflections on Portland

Some thoughts about Portland that I never got around to writing about… Portland reminds me of Austin, Texas or Denver, Colorado.  It’s a city that feels young, lots of millennials out on their bikes or walking, dining at some of…

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Final reflections on General Conference

Some thoughts on General Conference that I never got around to writing about… The diversity was amazing.  We had delegates from six continents (Antarctica was not represented) and we had seven official languages.  Live proceedings were translated into these five languages…

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Post script

I gave myself five days before writing this post as an intentional time of reflection.  As I sat in the Portland Airport (the picture above is me waiting for my plane) I was exhausted, demoralized and skeptical.  After a rigorous…

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