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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. 


18 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Success Stories: A Stewardship Example From Elementary School Sisters

Church Development shares a stewardship success story of two young sisters sharing God’s blessings with each other.

I love stewardship success stories at any level. It’s not all just about raising capital (although we have those stories, too—one of our recent capital campaigns raised eight times annual giving); it’s about seeing God’s blessings flow through everyone at every level.

Today’s success story comes from two young sisters—one in first grade, the other in fourth:

14 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

8 Steps to Stewardship Failure

Church Development shares eight areas of failure that have cultivated a lack of generosity.

Last time, I shared my favorite analogy for stewardship.

In sticking with standards that remain true over time, here are eight underlying causes that continue to cultivate a lack of generosity:

12 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Galilee Giving

Church Development shares the cultural shift we’re looking to achieve in our churches when it comes to stewardship.

Although there’s so much to learn (and then unlearn or relearn) when it comes to stewardship, there are certain standards that remain true and relevant. For me, it’s my understanding of the Sea of Galilee versus the Dead Sea, and how that applies to stewardship. No matter what the year or the medium, this is the example I share, and I’ve used it again in my latest book, The Stewardship System:

8 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen on Religious Freedom

I've seen this video making the rounds lately. It's of Harvard professor Clay Christensen discussing the value of the church to democracy and society as a whole. It's certainly a limited scope (which, at about a minute-and-a-half long it should be), but it's an interesting, secular view of the value of church in today's world: 


6 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Church Fraud and Its Impact Today

Church Development reflects on the fraud of Australian worship leader Michael Guglielmucci and what this means for church leaders today.

It’s been nearly six years since Michael Guglielmucci admitted to lying about having terminal cancer while his song, “Healer,” gained steam for its inspirational message. In the aftermath, Guglielmucci donated the earnings to charity and offered to pay back the donations people gave for his treatment, but the damage was done—to his friends and family, to his musical association (Hillsong United), and to his church.  

A popular Australian news show even picked up the story:

The responses were… well, they were to be expected:

30 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Church Internet Presence Mega-Post

Whenever I wrap up a larger series, I like to gather up every post I've written on the topic and put them in one place. Considering I've spent most of this year writing about how to improve your church's online presence -- through your website, optimizing online giving, email communications, social media, and mobile offerings -- this is the post to round them up:

23 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

How to Increase Your VBS Attendance

While there are a number of tips on how to increase your church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) attendance, Church Development recently heard of an easy, administrative tip to get the word out about your kids camp.  

Odds are if your church does a Vacation Bible School, you’ve already held it this summer, but I heard a great piece of administrative advice that I’d like to see every church implement at their next VBS: