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9 Feb. 2018 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Webinar: Planning Year-Round Stewardship on a Shoestring Budget

No money for your stewardship ministry? In this web training Denis shares some practical strategies you can implement today for free.


18 Feb. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Stewardship on the Path of Discipleship


My ultimate goal is to help others along the path of discipleship, of which stewardship is a critical step. Fortunately modern research in self actualization totally supports the idea of stewardship. Our core scripture comes from 1 Peter 4: 10. "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied Grace."  This is a directive on how to live a good life. This calls for a transformation, a re-imagination of our relationship with GOD.

8 Feb. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

The key to generosity is engagement


As we at Church Development seek to better serve churches as they grow a culture of stewardship, we are constantly studying best practices. Hundreds of churches have participated in our stewardship based church capital campaigns and have helped us discover the keys to success. 
The key to generosity is engagement. We now have research to prove it. Stewardship, the virtue of generosity, is not based in fear, guilt, sales, or pressure, but in engagement.

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:

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:

25 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Church Giving Via QR Codes and Texting

Church Development covers how mobile giving is expanding by donating via text or QR code.

Over the last set of blogs, I’ve covered the importance of mobile giving, but spectrum is broadening beyond simply visiting a mobile-optimized giving page on your church’s website:

QR Codes

Sure, it looks like a poorly-designed maze, but QR codes (or quick response codes) are everywhere these days. Even an Average Joe can use a QR code generator to link to just about anything.

For churches utilizing QR codes, usage falls into two main camps:

20 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

The Importance of Personalization to Online Giving

As more people choose to give online to churches, Church Development shares the importance of a personal connection with your potential givers.

In wrapping up this series on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s study on why most charities fail when it comes to online giving (and what this means to the church), I’m going to share a couple of minor closing points to engage your givers.

To recap, the major points we’ve covered are as follows:

While both of these points are important, they do nothing to connect with each giver as individuals. Let’s pick that up here:    

18 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

The Importance of Optimizing Mobile Giving

As more people choose to give online, Church Development covers the importance of optimizing your church website for viewing on a cellphone or tablet.

Last week, I covered the importance of minimizing the number of clicks to get to the online giving page on your church website.

Now that this key point is established, we can cover some of the other tips shared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy study as to why so many charities (and though they aren’t covered, churches) have failed to make the transition to online giving. Currently, online donors represent less than 10% of all charitable giving. However, the study noted that charities that were rated as giving users the best “online-giving experience” raised 25% more than their competitors.

So what’s the best online giving experience?

Okay, okay, that’s a big, nebulous phrase, one that can mean many things, but there were some commonalities. Today’s blog will cover the big one:

29 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

On Not Wearing Pants to Church

Church Development shares some insight on its team’s knowledge and a recent sermon on Psalm 73.

Right now, we’re in the midst of an extensive series on your church’s online presence. While last time we covered how much teens text and how this should shape your youth leader’s communication, I wanted to pause briefly to highlight the wide skill set of the Church Development team. In addition to having extensive experiences in capital campaigns and helping churches improve their stewardship message success, Church Development consultants have experience in many areas, including business consulting (which many churches don’t know they’d benefit from), sitting on specialist groups for Catholics and Protestant denominations, etc.

Given that messaging is so important in stewardship, some of our consultants are gifted speakers. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that our youngest consultant, Colin McKay Miller (pictured above), is teaching a sermon series on faith doubts in his church. This is his recent sermon on Psalm 73, pain, and not wearing pants to church. It’s worth a listen: Sermon here.

EDIT: If you're listening on Chrome, it may crash after a couple of minutes. The player works best in Internet Explorer.