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11 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Theories on Low Catholic Giving

Church Development shares some expert opinions as to why Catholic giving is lower than that of Protestants.

Last time I shared a debate between the late Fr. Andrew Greeley and Bishop Robert McManus as to the source of low Catholic giving. Two of the common beliefs—the lower socio-economic status of Catholics and the cost of Catholic school leaving less for the collection plate—were debunked. So then, what is it?

Well, everyone has a theory:

9 Jul. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Explanations For Low Catholic Giving Debunked

Church Development shares a couple of false assumptions as to why Catholics give less than Protestants. 

In a recent blog, I noted how, even when based on what the average American gives, low Catholic giving costs the Church nearly $2 billion a year. This is not meant to be a guilt-laden number, rather a clear reason as to why missions are hurting and, even 20 years ago, 10-20% of Catholic parishes operated with a budgetary deficit.

Fr. Andrew Greeley (passed this last May, pictured above) and Bishop Robert McManus debated why Catholics lag behind Protestants in their giving. First up was debunking a couple of common beliefs:

18 Jun. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Learning Techniques for Different Learners

Church Development shares learning suggestions for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (touch-based) learners.

Recently I mentioned how people connect with stories. This is part of the reason why Jesus spoke in parables, and why we should do the same today. Some relate to stories more with visuals, others with sounds, and others still with touch.

In teaching stewardship to a variety of learners, the following methods can be helpful:  

4 Jun. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Closing Thoughts On Ways to Help Adults Retain Stewardship Information

Church Development shares some final thoughts on ways to help adults learn and retain stewardship lessons.

“I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. I think, I learn.” – Chinese Proverb

In the last couple of blogs, I’ve covered four tactics on how to help the stewardship tactics we teach stick with adults. They are based on the fact that adults are likelier to:

  1. Understand a lesson if you compare it to something they already know
  2. Grasp meaning if you present it in a way that uses their preferred learning mode (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)
  3. Remember a lesson if they have an opportunity to use it immediately; and
  4. Apply a lesson if you show how it relates to their short-term needs

All four of these aspects are trying to relate the stewardship lesson to the person in a way that will get them to repeat it enough to remember it. As psychiatrist William Glasser said, we learn:

30 May. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Ways to Help Adults Retain Stewardship Information: Part Two

Church Development shares some insight as to how to help adults learn and retain stewardship lessons. This includes giving an immediate opportunity to implement your teaching and relating it to their short-term needs.

In the last blog, I covered a couple of the tactics to help adults remember stewardship lessons:

1. Adults are more likely to understand a lesson if you compare it to something they already know; and

2. Adults are more likely to grasp meaning if you present it in a way that uses their preferred learning mode (visual, auditory, kinesthetic).

The next two are pretty much tied together:

28 May. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Ways to Help Adults Retain Stewardship Information

Church Development shares some insight as to help adults learn and retain stewardship lessons. This includes tying your teaching to something familiar and connecting to people's preferred learning sense.

Last time, I shared some of the places where Jesus taught on stewardship in the Bible and the summary of these principles. While many pastors are great at teaching stewardship, it can be hard to get these principles to stick with adults.

Here are some helpful ways to do so:

21 May. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Jesus, the Stewardship Teacher

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Gutenberg_Bible.jpgChurch Development shares some Scripture examples of Jesus teaching on stewardship and what this means for us as church leaders.

I can safely say that Jesus is the greatest teacher of all. This also means that He is the greatest stewardship teacher of all. The Gospels speak of His profound concern that His followers understand the importance of stewardship.

Here are some examples:

7 May. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

The Ultimate Steward

By Doctorqmd (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development shares some more stewardship thoughts on the parable of the tenants in Matthew 25:14-30 using George Leonard’s The Ultimate Athlete.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  -- Matthew 25:21/23 (NIV)

Last time, I shared a piece of trivia on the parable of the tenants (or bags of gold). In continuing to focus on that parable, I want to compare it with a hypothesis from George Leonard. In the parable of the talents, the landlord took the one talent of the bitter servant who buried it, and gave it to the one who had used his talents well.

In his book, The Ultimate Athlete, George Leonard hypothesizes as to who the greatest athlete is. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bruce Jenner, or Usian Bolt. So who is it?

2 May. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Trivia: The Parable of the Talents

By Swiss Banker [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development shares a Bible trivia question on the parable of the talents.

I recently flubbed a piece of Bible trivia in regards to stewardship.

I should’ve known the answer, given that I’ve spent the last 30 years teaching the value of stewardship to churches, but I was wrong. Let’s see how you do: In the parable of the talents (or bags of gold), the owner gives three workers differing talents—one, two, and five—before going on a trip. Upon returning, he brings them in to settle the accounts. In the end, how many talents did the worker who started with five talents have?

23 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Get the Stewardship System for Free Until July 31st

Church Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. Today’s blog closes the series with an offer to try the Stewardship System free!

Over the last few weeks, I‘ve covered the seven stewardship traits of healthy and vibrant churches. As these important traits or often hard to cultivate year round, we created the Stewardship System to help. Between now and July 31st, 2013, we’re giving away the Stewardship System free to any church who contacts us with the promo code below.

The seven traits are as follows:

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