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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:

11 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Take a Guess: How Often Does the Average Person Check His Or Her Smartphone?

Church Development closes its series on churches’ web presence by covering how many times people check their smartphones in a day.

Since the start of March of this year, I’ve covered the changing landscape of church communication—namely the shift online with optimizing your church website/giving page, email blasts, mobile design, church apps, social media, giving via QR codes and text messaging, etc. In wrapping up this series, I want to close with a statistic that will help you grasp just how much the church should reach out to the smartphone generation:

8 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Best Times to Post Church Content on Your Social Media

Church Development covers the best times to post on social media (Twitter, Facebook) and when to blog.

At the start of the month, I noted that, in 2014, 31% of Christians planned to give up social media for Lent. My big point at the end is that if internet, smart phone, and social media use is high enough that the church is making commitments to lower usage, church staff might as well reach them there, because that’s where they (currently) are.

While I’ve covered social media a couple of times already, I want to cover when researchers say is the best time to post:

4 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

My Favorite Part of the Declaration of Independence

When it comes to July 4th, I like to go back to my favorite part of the Declaration of Independence. It's not an uncommon pick, but it's still good:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Have a great 4th of July!