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- The Spirituality of Giving: From a Christian Perspective - by Melodie Gabriel “You won’t become poorer – but you will become richer by giving.” (Henri Nouwen) There are many reasons why people give, but in this blog post, I’d like to show you one perspective. For most of my career and volunteer experience, I have been working mainly with faith-based Continue reading The Spirituality of Giving: From a Christian Perspective
- The Companionship of Philanthropy and Spirituality - by Jay W. Marshall My mother occasionally recalls the day a stranger stopped us as we walked down the main street of the small town near our home. He called me by name, asked how I was, and placed a quarter in my hand before continuing on his way. As we Continue reading The Companionship of Philanthropy and Spirituality
- The Generosity Pivot - Why The Church Must Change Its Approach to Generosity and Stewardship If you were asked to name the three greatest signs of God's generosity in your life, would money rank in the Top 3? Download "The Generosity Pivot," a free e-book by Jack Alexander, chairman of The Reimagine Group, that Continue reading The Generosity Pivot
- Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries that Make a Difference - What are the “best practices” that churches should know when exploring securing grant money to bring a ministry dream to life? What are the pitfalls to avoid? Stewardship Consultant for the Oregon-Idaho Conference Cesie Delve Scheuermann will be our guest presenter, bringing her expertise as a fundraiser and grant writer Continue reading Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries that Make a Difference
- The Four Kinds of Givers - Download this free e-book from Generis that breaks down the different types of givers in your organization, as well as the best practices for how to engage them. Download the book here.
- Developing Your Operating Budget - If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to craft your congregation’s annual budget, Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers Developing Your Operating Budget. Through engaging videos and supplemental materials, Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr., helps you understand what an operating budget is, different ways that churches create Continue reading Developing Your Operating Budget
- A Spirituality of Fundraising - by Henri Nouwen Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate money. It's time to change the way you view this important task. find it on amazon.com here
- Funding the Dream - by A. J. Thomas, Founding Director, Joyful Giving Group, LLC The old adage in fundraising is “money follows mission,” but mission often ends up following money. Money IS an object – one that places very real constraints on what we can accomplish. Mission follows money as we try to do Continue reading Funding the Dream
- Steeple to Street - Do your leaders have a desire to start something new? Reach the community? Go “from the steeple to the street?” Western North Carolina Conference is engaged with Fresh Expressions to train leaders in Western North Carolina to think outside the box. Early in 2018, a Pioneer Learning Community will be Continue reading Steeple to Street
- Breaking 200 Without Breaking You - Carey Nieuwhof's Breaking 200 program gives leaders the skills to build a team of leaders, not just doers so that you can do what you do best. The 8-module online course offers 8 videos, a downloadable workbook and exercises to help your team learn and practical strategies to help your Continue reading Breaking 200 Without Breaking You
- Excellence in Ministry Coaching - Excellence in Ministry helps churches realize their vision by helping them move from Membership to Discipleship. They offer multiple resources including a workshop, blog, coaching, and more. Phil Maynard and their team believes every congregation has the potential to make a Kingdom difference and every disciple has the potential to grow Continue reading Excellence in Ministry Coaching
- The Equipping Institute - The Equipping Institute exists to help ministry leaders learn by experiencing. Their philosophy of a REAL approach: Relational, Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-Based is utilized in their training. Clemmons UMC in the Yadkin Valley District has utilized this resource and Dr. J. Matthew Burton, Jr., senior pastor, indicates “The Equipping Institute Continue reading The Equipping Institute
- Creating a Multiplying Culture - Intentional Impact helps leaders and congregations develop a multiplying culture. Their goal is to create leaders who develop leaders who develop leaders. These leaders help define a culture and grow a dream. Your CULTURE consists of YOUR VALUES (what is most important?), YOUR NARRATIVE (what are our stories?) and YOUR BEHAVIORS (what are our actions?). Growth Occurs When Your Values, Your Narrative and Your Behaviors are Aligned. Check Continue reading Creating a Multiplying Culture
- More Church Leaders – Stronger Church Leaders - Conference and Live Stream Saturday, November 4 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern (9 a.m.-12 p.m. Central) Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC The Lewis Center for Church Leadership is hosting a livestream event on Saturday, November 4 to help churches leverage leadership potential within their congregations. During the seminar, participants will learn strategies to Continue reading More Church Leaders – Stronger Church Leaders
- Equipping the Saints for Ministry - Chris Westmoreland, pastor of Long’s Chapel UMC in Lake Junaluska It was my last year of seminary when I sat down in the office of a beloved professor who was asking a question about a recently submitted project. He asked, “I am not ordained but do you believe that I Continue reading Equipping the Saints for Ministry
- Healthy Congregations Workshop - November 3-4, 2017 in Irmo, South Carolina The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose. This workshop will help Continue reading Healthy Congregations Workshop
- GRACE BREAK Offerings from Big Sigh Ministries - CHANGING THE CONVERSATION FROM “CRISIS” TO “PREVENTION”! Nine times out of ten, renewal leaves are not sought after by clergy or their district leaders until a crisis situation. We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from burnout crisis to prevention and ministry resilience with our GRACE BREAK program. Continue reading GRACE BREAK Offerings from Big Sigh Ministries
- Name your mission, develop strategies, and then evaluate impact - by Dave Odom Clarifying mission is just the first step. Leaders must then align strategies with the desired impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. The question, “What is your mission?” sends waves of panic through many Christian congregations and other institutions. Why? Do we not know Continue reading Name your mission, develop strategies, and then evaluate impact
- The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential - by Terry Linhart Linhart’s new book is a wonderful handbook for discovering and developing self-awareness – which is necessary for authentic and effective Christian ministry leadership. Self-aware leaders are the key to vision focused leadership. Effective ministry begins here. You've studied what you think you need to know before entering a career Continue reading The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential
- The Secret Reason Why Good Churches Die - by Rebekah Simon-Peter Why do good churches die? I’m not talking about churches who have an apparent fatal flaw like mean or nasty people, terrible location, clergy sexual misconduct, uninspiring worship or the like. Churches can and do recover from all of those things. No, I’m talking about good churches that care Continue reading The Secret Reason Why Good Churches Die