The Annual Stewardship Campaign

The Annual Stewardship Campaign

It is that time of year when thoughts turn to the annual stewardship campaign. Too many churches think about their stewardship or pledge campaign a few short weeks before the event. Usually that means that someone “writes a letter.” In that letter we remind them it is...
Accentuate the Positive

Accentuate the Positive

My friend Ken Callahan told me once, “Any team that can score 90,000 points can score 100,000.” What did he mean by that statement? When a church has a goal of $100,000 and receives $90,000, too many leaders have a spirit of focusing on how the church is “$10,000...
Stewarding the Stewards

Stewarding the Stewards

During the Coronavirus crisis I have had the opportunity to listen to dozens of pastors and finance chairs talk about giving in the church. Some have fared well, others not so much. Yet, it has occurred to me that there has been much discussion and anxiety over the...
When, Not If

When, Not If

Some weeks ago I heard an interview with former Governor Mitch Daniels, now president of Purdue University.  The occasion of the interview had to do with preparedness in the COVID-19 outbreak.  He reflected that we had gone a decade or more never taking seriously this...
Giving While We Can

Giving While We Can

Early in 2009 I received a phone call from someone wanting to give $10,000 to the church. For those who don’t remember, this was one of the worst moments in the American economy since the Great Depression. The banking system had collapsed, and stock market portfolios...