Power Transfer

Power Transfer

Sometimes I like to toast an English muffin in the morning. I slide the halves into the toaster, wait a minute and, voila, a warm tasty treat is enjoyed. But here is the thing: My toaster doesn’t have a small generating station inside of it, nor does it have a...
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...