July 16, 2018

One Budgeting Idea when Funds are Scarce


Sometimes funds are scarce. God has created the world abundant with water, trees, blue skies and people we love. Though we have what we need, we don’t have everything. In congregations, this lack is sometimes evident regarding budgets. Budget realities The finance team would like to increase the budget for youth ministry, but the cost…

September 19, 2017

Making Planned Giving Work


Planned giving doesn’t need to be a complicated challenge for your congregation. By following these principles, your congregation can start securing the financial future of your ministries. Everyone needs a will. Some people assume planned giving only applies to the very wealthy. The reality is that most people need a will, so a good starting…

September 7, 2016

Faith and Money


When I was young, I went to worship with my parents and six siblings. My stepfather prepared our offering envelopes the evening before worship. He placed a dollar in each envelope. At the beginning of worship, he passed the envelopes to each of us. When I received my envelope, I experienced a weekly moment of…