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3 May. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

How Shared Decision Making Helps Your Church

Church Development shares the thinking behind involving church members in decision making.

In my last post, I shared statistics on how involving people in your church is one of the top factors that influences giving, and how the lack of engagement is the most common reason people cite for leaving the Catholic Church (and really every church). However, there are several other benefits to involving members in the decision making in your church. These include:

1. Awareness of the issues at hand

27 Mar. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Planned Giving and Monthly Stewardship Programs

Church Development briefly mentions two alternate ways to teach stewardship in your church: Through planned giving and a monthly stewardship program like The Stewardship System.

In recent posts, I shared ways of teaching your congregation about giving: namely through preaching and personal finance programs. In wrapping this series on the importance of teaching on stewardship, I’m going to briefly cover the other final two teaching methods:

22 Mar. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Personal Finance Programs Increase Giving

Church Development looks at the value of personal finance programs and how they increase giving in the church.

Although I've talked about using sermons to spearhead stewardship education, there are several other teaching methods available to your church. One of the key resources is personal finance workshops like Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. These programs help people become aware of what they're spending their money on, and then motivates them to trim the fat and give more to what they really care about.  

As for how this affects giving in the church, I'll let the statistic speak for itself:

20 Mar. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Terminology Wars: Tithing vs. Stewardship vs. Generosity

Church Development shares the giving terminology that resonates with the various generations.

In continuing to discuss the importance of talking about giving in your church, I recently recommended some teaching messages for sermons.

Another aspect to be aware of is that the terminology associated with church giving has shifted over the years, and will continue to do so. Although there are some gaps and overlap, here are the terms that resonate with the various generations that make up your congregation. I've also included the modern-day, secular definition so that you can see how the term is perceived today (even if the spiritual intent is far different):

15 Mar. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Preaching on Stewardship

With the importance of talking about giving, Church Development shares some key message points in teaching stewardship to your church.

In my last post, I noted the correlation between the Catholic Church’s overall practice of not talking about stewardship and the end result of Catholics, on average, giving 45% less of their income than other major denominations. The key point: As hard as it can be to openly talk about giving, it is foundational to building a culture of generosity.

With this in mind, the first step I recommend is to have four sermons a year dedicated to teaching stewardship. Since a pulpit message can often be a catalyst to other teaching methods on stewardship (workshops, personal finance programs, etc.), this consistency helps spearhead the effort. If you have a pastor you trust, a guest teacher on the subject of stewardship can be useful to breach this sensitive issue in your church. After that, however, the next three sermons should come from the regular teaching staff.

Key teaching messages include:

7 Feb. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Free Stewardship Workshops in Colorado (2/8 – 2/9)

Church Development has workshops throughout Colorado this week. Feel free to come on by!

10 Oct. 2011 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Giving Strategies

For many, cash is tight right now due to the state of the economy. However, many people may still be able to give if they look into other creative ways to give out of non-cash gifts.

26 Sep. 2011 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

From Recession to Revitalization

Church Development discusses the average decrease in giving, and how to increase giving by using The Stewardship System.

19 Sep. 2011 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Start Here: What the Church Development Blog is All About

In each Church Development blog, we’re going to give you a manageable piece of information — Bible verses, statistics, case studies, etc. — to give you an accurate view of stewardship and capital campaigns in today’s world.

Allow me to go all Philippians 3: 4-6 for a moment and provide my historic credibility: I started Church Development in 1992 after 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Since the inception of Church Development, our team has helped over 200 churches raise over $200 million dollars. I’ve read hundreds of articles and books on giving and still keep up with the latest findings and trends. With all that experience and success, do you know what I’ve found?

Most churches have no idea how to effectively raise capital for their needs and ministry goals (even if they think they’re doing fine).