Contributions From Jan Goodyear
Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation
This book shares insight into why and how small congregations can be strong and viable despite challenges. Here, the small church is capable of creating close communities that lead to natural cooperation and ministry.
Sticky Faith Youth Worker Edition: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long-Term Faith in Teenagers
Based on research from Fuller Youth Institute, this series focuses on teens in the transitional years of high school and college, specifically looking at those who active faith backgrounds and what kept them engaged or caused them to become disengaged.
Bringing Good News: 40 Stories of Congregations and the Ministries that Transformed Them
This resource includes inspirational stories of congregations who leaned into their faith in order to create something new or overcome a challenge. Collected by the Union Presbyterian Seminary, these stories will inspire your congregation to open up to God's spirit.
Planned Giving Simplified: The Gift, the Giver, and the Gift Planner
For-profit and nonprofit institutions looking to create a gift giving component for their organization will find this a valuable resource. Written by the founder of the National Planned Giving Institute, this book takes a holistic view of the process, constantly emphasizing the relational factors that exist when gift, giver and gift planner come together. It starts with understanding the various kinds of planned gifts that can be offered. Next is a look at who planned givers are, why they wish to give, and what they wish to keep. Matching these motivations with the right kind of gift planner is beneficial and can make a difference in choosing a CPA, attorney, financial planner, etc. Financial plans and emotional considerations must be held in a respectful balance. If a gift giving component is added to an organization, it is vital to know how boards of trustees, CEOs, and other managers can play important roles in making a planned giving program succeed.
Essential Guide to Church Financial Reporting
Church treasurers and officers have a burden of responsibility to clearly communicate how members' monies are being managed. What are some of the basics that can cause this task to have positive effects on future giving? Prepared by a former professor of accounting, this short, 29-page e-book is a good starting point. Effective, clear reports leave no room for doubt and build trust so that congregations can make decisions based on sound data. Different reports go to different audiences, so it is essential to communicate well so that congregants with little understanding of finances can see a clear picture. In a chapter on principles of financial reporting, questions are asked to elevate awareness of the organization's practices to judge whether it is providing useful information to congregants. Each chapter concludes with a couple of action item questions to help stewards assess their approaches. Suggested sources, such as books, websites, and downloads are offered for further study.
Connected to Give: Faith Communities
While most charitable giving is geared toward religious organizations, is there any carry-over in giving to non-religious organizations? The answer appears to be "yes," based upon giving by mainline Protestants, Jews, Roman Catholics, and Americans with no religious affiliation, but who are motivated toward helping others and giving to causes that affect change. Connectivity with a faith community breeds the desire to give to a broad selection of other causes. Understanding that giving is influenced by institutions' purposes and the givers' own spiritual motivations has a significant impact on all organizations, religious or otherwise. Recognizing and honoring donors' orientations and commitments can breathe more energy into committed giving. Seven key findings that include statistical analysis and summary conclusions are explored, with the promise of ongoing research in this area.