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15 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Teaching Stewardship For Every Generation Workshop

Given that we're in the middle of a series on social media, I wanted to let you know of an upcoming Colorado workshop on March 27th (2014). This workshop will cover teaching stewardship for every generation (and yes. social media is very important for younger generations). We offer a variety of free workshops throughout the year. If you're interested in this kind of stewardship education for your church, please contact us


27 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Burned Out Volunteers and Stewardship Adolescents

Church Development shares some perspective for burned out volunteers.

This is a familiar scene: You walk into a church meeting and it’s the same volunteers.


Although these volunteers are usually upbeat and wonderful, they can get burned out, and that question of why others don’t show up arises. While I’ve said plenty about why episodic volunteer opportunities are so important—namely, that they apply to the 85% of your church that doesn’t regularly volunteer—this is what I tell those burned out volunteers:

25 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Joy, Stewardship, and the Triple Jump

Church Development’s President Denis Greene shares how he experienced joy as a youth and what that has in common with the joy he experiences in seeing churches succeed in stewardship.

Long before he became a meme sensation, Chuck Norris actually had some good career advice: "Number one, find out what you're not good at, then, number two, don't do that."

Athletics first introduced me to the concept that God gives each of us unique gifts. I was decent at the long jump and hurdles as a kid, but in seventh grade, I discovered an obscure event that required all of my distinctive skills to succeed — my speed, my balance, and my ability to leap far — the triple jump. If you need a visual, see Jonathan Edwards’ record-breaking triple jump:

Here’s the thing: 

19 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Stewardship Goes Far Deeper Than Fundraising

Church Development continues its series on why stewardship does not equate to fundraising.

After getting diverted by Donald Miller’s article on why he (and many Christian leaders) don’t regularly attend church, I’m back to finish off this reminder as to why stewardship =/= fundraising. Last time, I explored three points: that giving is evidence of stewardship; stewardship is an element of discipleship; and giving is an evidence of spiritual maturity.

Fundraising is often important and needed, but it is simply methods to secure funding for a project, whereas stewardship may result in more resources for a ministry. However, stewardship is deeper, wider, and fundamentally more spiritual than merely raising money. I’ve seen a number of churches go after financial funds and come away with more resentment than anything else. Stewardship, however, goes after the whole person (their heart)—wanting to see God’s blessings flow through them in every area—and as you engage and connect the person to the church and a growing understanding of God’s goodness, their giving naturally follows.

6 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Three Thoughts on the Value of Giving and Stewardship

Church Development consistently teaches the key understanding that stewardship is not fundraising. Today’s blog shares three aspects as to why that is.   

In starting out the year, I often like to remind people of key points (as some advice, in any industry, holds true). One such piece was on how to avoid doing a capital campaign in your church. I noted that the key is fixing the lack of stewardship, and while I gave some suggestions, there is a fundamental understanding of stewardship—that key piece churches are missing—that most churches simply don’t get:

Stewardship =/= fundraising.

Now I’ve done blogs on this in the past (see here), as it’s an understanding that is A) seemingly easy forgotten, and B) so important, I’m back to cover it again.

Three things to consider:

4 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

CS Lewis on True Joy

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NIV)

Church Development looks at how C.S. Lewis defined the true source of joy.

One of the topics I continually pursue is how people receive and give joy. In discovering how much joy flows from stewardship, I’ve spent 30 years helping churches cultivate generosity, and most days, I can’t believe I get paid to do this work.

Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one interested in this pursuit of joy and how we can pass it on to others. I’ve previously covered Hungarian professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s study of athletic joy stemming from performing at a high level. To kick off 2014, I looked at the top 10 New Year’s resolutions—which, if we’re honest, we’re doing partly because we think they’ll make us happier—and now here I am returning to C.S Lewis’ 1955 early days autobiography, Surprised by Joy.

14 Jan. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Top 10 Christian New Year's Resolutions... Or Not

Church Development shares some closing thoughts on what New Year's resolutions mean for Christians and the church.

I started this series by listing out the 10 most popular New Year's resolutions followed by what some of these picks mean for your financial message in your church. I had hoped to wrap up this series by delving into the top Christian New year's resolutions, but not every blog goes according to plan:

10 Jan. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

How New Year's Resolutions Can Shape Your Church's Financial Messaging

Church Development shares how people’s New Year’s resolutions can shape their interest in your church’s finances.

Last time I covered the top 10 New Year’s resolutions of 2014. While Statistic Brain noted that 34% of all resolutions have something to do with money, three resolutions from the top 10--#8: help people fulfill their dreams; #3: spend less, save more; and #2: get organized—have clearer financial implications than the rest.

So what does this mean when discussing your church finances?

7 Jan. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

2014’s Top New Year’s Resolutions

Church Development shares the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014.

It’s a new year. That means it’s time for a slew of resolutions to struggle for survival. Here are the top 10 from Statistic Brain:

10. Spend more time with family

9. Fall in love

8. Help others in their dreams

7. Quit smoking

6. Learn something exciting

21 Nov. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Church Needs for Millennials: Mission

By Steve Kalinsky [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development shares how young people / Millennials value mission work.

In continuing this series on how to reach young people, we come to an interesting topic: missions.

While I’ve already covered authenticity and being relatable, then connection and the need for more than a Sunday experience, we arrive at this specific niche, where even how Millennials give in this area is different.

In noting that Millennials desire more than just a church service in a week, I covered the value of meaningful connection in places like small groups and volunteer opportunities. Not surprisingly, this means you can’t just plan a slew of events outside of Sunday mornings and expect it to work for this demographic. Generation Y wants to feel like it’s making a difference, and missions work can help fill a number of desires.