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31 Jan. 2017 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Intangible Success

The Church Development difference means success beyond the numbers.

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:

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:

20 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Teaching Self-Reflective Stewardship

Church Development shares a success story of how one church used self-reflective questions to teach stewardship.

One of the key areas we highlight as an organization is helping people think about all the ways God has blessed them. It’s an exercise that shows up in the Psalms; therefore, it’s an exercise that should show up in our lives, too.

Christ Lutheran Church created a series of Sunday School lessons (for all ages) designed to explain stewardship. As a part of this process, participants went through a time of self-reflection. The key questions included were:

6 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Using Church Bulletins to Share Your Stewardship Message

Church Development shares a success story of how Visitation Catholic Church used their bulletin to increase annual giving year-on-year.

Ah, the church bulletin. It’s one of the most obvious ways to hand information to people, yet we wonder how much of an impact it has. Some churches decided paper bulletins have too much impact environmentally and now use electronic bulletins on their screen. While it may work—and you get to avoid the horde of tri-folded paper airplanes and quartered paper scraps that follow Sunday morning—we’ve found that hard copy communications are still necessary for sharing key information.

So how do you get the most out of your bulletin—especially when it comes to sharing stewardship insight?

20 Jun. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Case Study: Use Words That Frame Giving

Church Development shares a case study from a Methodist church that has shaped their members thinking about giving over the last 10 years.

In the last blog, I included some different techniques for visual, auditory and kinesthetic (touch-based) learners. While I’ve provided many ways to build a culture of generosity in your church over the course of this blog, I find it handy to share church case study successes:

Church of the Resurrection, on of the largest Methodist churches in the U.S., no longer uses the phrases ‘tithing’ or ‘stewardship.’ They talk about ‘generosity.’ Instead of ‘pledges,’ they use the term ‘estimate of giving.’ While this may seem like semantics, they words you use in this sensitive area of giving can have a larger impact than you might think.

25 Sep. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Success Stories: Gifting the Tithe

Church Development shares a story of how tithe was used to bless a single mother.

Usually in success stories I share how Church Development has helped churches reach their giving goals. However, I have a far broader view of stewardship success outside of blogland, thus it makes sense to share some of that perspective here.

This is Colin McKay Miller. He’s a consultant at the Colorado office. One of the reasons we brought him in as a consultant is because we consistently hear, “How do I reach the young people in my church?” and Colin, not just by his age, is able to bring some insight to the area of connecting with younger generations.

Colin told me of one week he went to church when he was new to faith. His church collected the tithe as normal—with a prayer beforehand and baskets getting passed over the rows—but when the tithe came in, the pastor did something uncommon. He said, “I feel like God is telling me to give this tithe away to someone here today.”