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Faith communities that effectively meet new challenges and opportunities have some behaviors in common. In this essay, a veteran pastor and president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations...

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Named an Amazon Editors’ Favorite Book of the Year for 2013, this highly readable and no-nonsense guide to congregational fundraising can be very helpful to congregation leaders, finance committees...

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Few issues confronting congregations can be more difficult, at times, than financial ones. The Church Law department of Christianity Today offers this comprehensive guide to church finance. Richard...

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Independent congregations and other non-profit organizations, especially those of evangelical commitments, can find in the ECFA an accrediting agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn...

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Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Generis is a comprehensive consulting group specializing in congregational finance and fundraising. The group emphasizes the importance of their team approach to...

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Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete is refreshingly controversial. Some resources that challenge the status quo are annoying at best. Their tone is harsh. The ideas are untested. This book...

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The Presbyterian Foundation “…cultivates, attracts, and manages financial resources of individuals and institutions to serve Christ’s mission.” As a significant part of that work, their Stewardship...

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The Evangelical Covenant Church takes a comprehensive approach to stewardship, providing resources on church finances, an eight-session bible study, and a variety of resources themed around...

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This is a short article about how to plan a “Miracle Sunday”, a special offering that takes place rarely, but often yields excellent results for the congregation. The Miracle Sunday offering is...

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Sometimes, to do great things, a congregation needs to get its own house in order. Paul Holmes, a professor at Steton Hall University, has edited a guidebook related to the practical challenges a...

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Nurturing generous living is the theme of the stewardship resources provided by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. Congregations that seek to grow in their...

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This article is a biographical sketch of The Rev. Dr. William Enright and his work at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Yet, it is more than a biography. The article is a well-written...

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This comprehensive resource will help those responsible for congregational administration to organize and implement a wide variety of programs. The book is packed with practical, time-tested...

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This is a very practical resource from the United Church of Christ, designed to help congregational leaders develop and manage a congregational Planned Giving ministry. It includes key information...

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The research that undergirds this report involved more than 3,000 congregational leaders from various religious traditions who responded to surveys about the impact of the recent economic downturn...

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Kerry Alys Robinson is the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, dedicated to promoting best practices in the management of the Catholic Church in the...

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After defining and explaining narrative budgets, this document helps readers transform their former line-item budgets into narrative budgets. Narrative budgets tell a congregation’s story, hopes,...

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Michael J. Rosen has been called the father of modern planned giving strategy in America. In the secular nonprofit world, he is widely sought after for training and consulting on planned giving....

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This blog is updated with new content nearly every week, including short articles and the occasional free webinar on various aspects of philanthropy and giving. Special attention is given to the...

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A Gift Acceptance Policy governs a congregation’s receipt of donations, especially deferred donations, designated donations, and gifts of real or personal property. Many congregations will find it...

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