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Bridging the gap between generations

The good people in the Conference Communications Office asked me to contribute to the fall edition of Joining Hands Magazine. This issue deals with bridging the gap between generations and below are my thoughts. If you haven’t read it yet…

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Let’s Celebrate Stewardship, no seriously, I mean it

Churches in Africa do things a bit differently. From what I understand the offering is a time for great joy, as congregants celebrate that they have something to contribute. In remote areas where food and water are a daily struggle,…

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Not all of your eggs go in the same basket

One of the key tasks in any stewardship campaign is writing The Letter. Sometimes The Letter is written by the committee, but usually by the pastor. Hours are spent wordsmithing, proof reading, getting a fresh pair of eyes on it…

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What should you ask for?

The old adage goes that you should be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.  In stewardship I believe there is a corollary, ask for what you want, there’s a good chance you’ll get it. Which raises the…

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Yes, you have to do stewardship

Imagine a pastor preaching at his new church the first Sunday in July.  The bulletin has the unison invocation written out word for word.  At one point he prays for the sick and needy, for the missionaries, for the leaders of…

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Let’s get your campaign started

Kids are back in school and church committees are once again getting fired up.  Your Stewardship Committee is about to meet to plan the campaign and the conversation will go something like this: What do you wanna do this year?…

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A circle is round, it has no end…

The newest fad in philanthropy is the Giving Circle.  This is a group of individuals who come together to discuss different needs and the organizations that work to meet those needs.  The group decides on a mission project to support and…

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