Gifts from a Life Well-Lived

Gifts from a Life Well-Lived

An important question: based on the history of your congregation, do you think it likely that everyone will one day come to die?Another important question: do you think people who give generously in life would want to stop being generous at their death?A third...
Saying Thank You

Saying Thank You

Important question:  How do you say thank you to your givers? And, by the way, you should say thanks to your givers. You could:Call any time a person makes a larger than normal giftCall or write any time someone gives for the first timeCall or write any time someone...
Lessons from a Lutheran

Lessons from a Lutheran

Recently I was at a nationwide conference on giving and philanthropy. One of the panel discussions included the CEO of Mariott, Arne Sorenson, who was available to answer questions about his views on faith and giving. Sorenson is a good Lutheran. He shared that...
When Changes Happen

When Changes Happen

For three years Adrienne has been giving $60 each week to her church family. We are thankful for such people. Then one day we discover that Adrienne left us a check for $1,000. How would your church respond? First of all, you should respond. If that means the...
Birds and Budgets

Birds and Budgets

Richard Schnase, in his book Practicing Extravagant Generosity, tells of watching a hawk one day as it carried a stick to build its nest. He reflected that, in truth, a bird never builds a nest for itself, only for its young. All the work, worry, and watching is for...