The Christmas List

The Christmas List

Not long ago I received a Christmas list from my grandchildren. In it they detail their wants and hopes for how I might bring them joy during the unwrapping of presents around the tree. Actually, the list helps me. At my age I am a bit out of touch with some of the...
It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Many churches are in the midst of its fall stewardship campaigns, or soon will be. Much thought has been put into a stewardship theme. Sermons are prepared, letters are sent, worship is enjoyed, and, for a lot of churches, pledge cards or estimate-of-giving cards are...
Spiritual Math

Spiritual Math

We have all been in a meeting where someone shares the well-worn idea, “If we divide the amount we need by the number of our members we will know how much everyone should give.” That statement makes organizational sense. It makes easy accounting sense. It just doesn’t...
Looking for a Place to Give

Looking for a Place to Give

A fellow walked into a doctor’s office and the receptionist asked him what he had. “Shingles,” he said. She took down his name, address, and medical insurance number and told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aid came out and asked him...
Building a Finance Committee

Building a Finance Committee

How do you choose leaders for your Finance Committee? While the United Methodist Discipline has many tasks and responsibilities for this team, it seems to me there are perhaps three major areas which you might consider when recruiting new leaders.Importantly, the...