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12 Jul. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Stewardship Failure Analysis

"Generosity of spirit" is the singular virtue that seems to result in a long satisfying marriage said Fr. Joe. It was 1998 and I had just met a woman who had caused me to rethink my entire long range plan. And I had asked Fr. Joe what he had observed about the key to happy marriages after his 40 year pastoral career. 

18 Feb. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Stewardship on the Path of Discipleship

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My ultimate goal is to help others along the path of discipleship, of which stewardship is a critical step. Fortunately modern research in self actualization totally supports the idea of stewardship. Our core scripture comes from 1 Peter 4: 10. "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied Grace."  This is a directive on how to live a good life. This calls for a transformation, a re-imagination of our relationship with GOD.

8 Feb. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

The key to generosity is engagement

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As we at Church Development seek to better serve churches as they grow a culture of stewardship, we are constantly studying best practices. Hundreds of churches have participated in our stewardship based church capital campaigns and have helped us discover the keys to success. 
The key to generosity is engagement. We now have research to prove it. Stewardship, the virtue of generosity, is not based in fear, guilt, sales, or pressure, but in engagement.

11 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Stacey Alcorn on 9/11

"9/11: A day to remember that extraordinary heroes are often disguised as ordinary people and that spirit and soul are unbreakable."

-Stacey Alcorn

9 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Fundraising Horror Stories

How Parking Spaces Affect Church Growth

While there may not be blood and guts in fundraising horror stories, Church Development shares the tactics you'll want to avoid. In today's blog, Church Development shares how even the amount of parking spaces can affect the size and growth of your church.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned meeting with a group of churches during one of our free stewardship workshops. During that workshop, the concept of ‘workable space’ came up.

Some of us are familiar with the belief that a room is full at 80% capacity. Even if you didn’t know that statistic, I’m sure you’ve felt that to be true. People don’t sit next to each other nicely—not even in churches. This actually makes it really tricky when you’re a church that’s thinking of expanding to more services (which, of course, in a world of choosing your problems, this is a better one to have). If you just have one service and the sanctuary is 80% full, it can feel cozy in there—like a big family. It can also feel like you don’t have enough for two services, especially when you know the split won’t be 50/50, but without doing so, new people won’t feel welcome.

So what about “workable space” with parking?

Let me give you an example of a church that nearly made a bad decision:

5 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Christian Comic: Pastoral Search Committee

We've advised a lot of churches through changes in pastoral staff. This sounds about right:

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2 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

How Should Christians View Labor Day?

Church Development shares some thoughts as to how Christians should view Labor Day.

Whenever it comes to any holiday, I try to not only remember the original intent, or what it means to me and my family, but also what it represents in the Kingdom of God.

When it comes to Labor Day, most people know it should be about more than good sales or a three-day weekend. Even one more excuse to fire up the grill at the end of the summer isn’t enough (though admittedly, I love that part).

So what then? Is there more we should consider about Labor Day other than that a) it’s a part of our American tradition since 1882; and b) that we’re celebrating the achievements of the American workforce?

Well, here’s what I think about when it comes to God and Labor Day:

29 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Humans of New York: The Power of Giving

I saw this today from the Humans of New York art photography exhibit. What a great testament to the power of joyful giving. This one comes from a women from Entebbe, Uganda. The question was: "Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"

"One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees. On the way home, a man came up to me and asked what was wrong. 'Nothing,' I told him. He asked me again. So I told him that I'd been sent home from school. He then gave me the money I needed to take my exams. I'd never seen him before, and I've never seen him again."

 

28 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Small Groups Help Retain Church Members

Church Development shares on how and why small groups that meet throughout the week help people stay connected to the church.

One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching complimentary stewardship workshops for churches (usually we invite all the churches in the area to attend). They get a free lunch and a wealth of information. We’ve held a number of workshop topics. Including best stewardship practices, how to arrange your annual campaign, and how to reach young people in your church through social media, your church’s internet presence, and missional heart.

We recently met with a number of churches interested in exploring annual campaigns. One of the things that came up in this workshop was the power of engaging community. During this time we noted that Church Development is active on our Twitter account, and we retweeted a recent thought from Thom Rainer:

22 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Vicky Beeching Interview

While she’s not the first popular Christian artist to come out as gay, this week, Vicky Beeching has shared a fair bit of her heart. This interview she did with The Gaurdian is worth a watch. 

 

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