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The Commitment Circle

By Generous Stewards | March 2, 2017

Ever since first learning about the “Commitment Circle” from the Center for Parish Development,1 I’ve been delighted to present it to local church leaders. It helps us understand different levels of involvement in the church at different points of people’s lives, without laying guilt on other people or ourselves for not getting everyone involved. Based…

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Rallying Stories and More, for Abundance Thinking

By Generous Stewards | January 26, 2017

This week I relished listening to Rebekah Burch Basinger in this month’s “Author Chat” done by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. 1 She is the co-author of the classic, Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry. Part of her conversation was about what it would mean for abundance to be the stewardship model in people’s lives,…

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Top Ten Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church

By Generous Stewards | January 2, 2017

With the New Year upon us, now is an excellent time to look at the overall strategies of your congregation to encourage generous giving. Thankfully the Spirituality and Giving Project 1 studied 1,157 churches of more than two dozen denominations related to what motivates members to give, and what influences them to increase their giving.…

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Going Digital With Your Stewardship Campaign++

By Generous Stewards | March 7, 2016

Written for “Live Free” issue of Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation Republished in Ecumenical Stewardship Resources e-newsletter 6/26/2015 500 million people use Facebook, half of them logging in every day. Facebook and emails are most popular among Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) in the U.S and Canada, and Baby Boomers…

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Ways to Share Your Narrative Budget++

By Generous Stewards | February 17, 2016

Spread your good news! Plan the strategy for sharing your congregation’s narrative budget over the year. Consider any of the following ways of telling or sharing your good news: Use posters and bulletin inserts that proclaim the ministry. Highlight one ministry area a month, or feature a ministry area in weekly bulletins. Have first-hand testimonials…

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Top Ten Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church

By Generous Stewards | January 2, 2016

With the New Year upon us, now is an excellent time to look at the overall strategies of your congregation to encourage generous giving. Thankfully we can build on learnings from the Spirituality and Giving Project, 1 which studied 1,157 churches of more than two dozen denominations about what motivates members to give, and what influences…

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The Seven Faces of Philanthropy

By Generous Stewards | January 10, 2014

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Annual Financial Commitment Programs

By Generous Stewards | January 8, 2014
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Sample Annual Financial Commitment Programs

By Generous Stewards | January 8, 2014

Go and See  – (Ecumenical Stewardship Center) Go and See is a Sunday morning mission fair inspired by the miracle of loaves and fishes. This festival approach encourages participants in a sense of discovery and wonder – discovering the gifts God has given us, and wondering at the joy and increase the Holy Spirit brings…

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Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving By Michael Reeves, Jennifer Tyler, and Bishop Robert Schnase

By Generous Stewards | January 8, 2014

Plenty of stewardship programs out there offer some good ideas, yet fail to provide leaders with practical help, such as sermons, orders of worship, email messages, letters, newsletter announcements, and marketing tools. Other programs talk a little bit about the role of giving in spiritual life, but do not involve church members in thinking and…

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