May 18 - 24, 2009
Success in your stewardship effort begins with your choice of who will guide the motivation of your congregation. Analyze your membership, make a list of the best candidates, get a balanced group who are positive people. There are many teams and groups in every church, but this is one that can make a huge difference to your future and your growth.Tuck Aaker is a retired businessman who now consults and specializes on stewardship issues for the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA. He shares his expertise in Stewardship Now, a column he writes for ELCA Stewardship Resources.
New This Week:
Economic crisis calls for pastoral, practical, prophetic responses
Everybody’s feeling the pinch in the economic crunch, from the laid-off convenience store clerk to the downsized executive and everybody in between who is tightening the belt to get by. That’s putting pressure on churches to get by with reduced income while also providing support, assistance and programs to help God’s people cope. Click here for “Economic crisis calls for pastoral, practical, prophetic responses,” from Interpreter, a publication of the United Methodist Church.
Almost Everything You Need To Know About Environmental Justice
Here’s a wonderful 20-page guide outlining the environmental justice movement and the plight of people of color, who disproportionately suffer from environmental abuse. Click here for “Everything You Need To Know About Environmental Justice,” from the United Church of Christ.
Lectionary Reflection: In Jesus’ Name
“We end our prayers in the name of Jesus; it’s a routine thing with Christians. Yet how many times do we stop and consciously think about the power of being in that name? Chances are it is not very often.” Click here for “In Jesus' Name ,” this week’s lectionary reflection from Pastor Sharron Reissinger Lucas. Click here to read her archived columns.
Tell the Story, as if Your Life Depends On It
Does your church take its mission and cause for granted? If so, it’s like a lot of organizations that do not tell their story very well. For churches it’s a real sin because if we’re not telling our story, what are we doing? This article is written for a non-religious nonprofit audience, but we can really learn a lot. Click here for “Tell the Story as if Your Life Depends On It,” from onPhilanthropy.
SOLI/Update: Check Under the Hood
So long as the engine runs, most of us don’t think much about our cars. It’s the same way with our churches. “We go year after year assuming that pretty much the same things will happen. We take it for granted that members know that we need additional funds this year.” Click here for this essay by guest columnist Tuck Aaker, posted in last week’s edition of SOLI/Update, our free online newsletter. Click here to read other archived SOLI columns. Click here to subscribe. Aaker writes for ELCA Stewardship Resources.