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12 Oct. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

What is the number one cause of failure?

What is the number one cause of failure? Solve this and success is guaranteed

First let’s look at the “big picture.”

2 Sep. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Church Capital Campaigns

How to Ask For a Capital Donation

Asking for donations is more stressful than skydiving and public speaking for some people. It actually ranks higher than fear of death for many. After managing over 100 church capital campaigns and nonprofit organization capital campaigns, I have found a way to make it a win/win, stress-free, pleasant experience.

So, when a parish needs a roof, renovation, or whole new facility, how should one ask for a capital donation?
There is some science behind the answer.  The researchers at Villanova have found out what to not do.

19 Jul. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Church Capital Campaigns

Success is Sweet, and As Rare As an Inside The Park Home Run


October 27, 2015 Alcides Escobar hit a leadoff inside the park home run for the Royals during the World Series, the first since 1929. Everyone in Kansas City celebrated.

Last Friday night I celebrated with almost the same level of joy. It was because a pastor did the right thing at the right time, and totally scored a home run for his church. 

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


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


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: