Category: Administration

Being a Stewardship Leader in the Age of Covid

BEING A STEWARDSHIP LEADER IN THE AGE OF COVID By Reverend Doctor Janet Long If the person from your congregation’s nominating committee who invited you to serve had told you that you were being asked to chair the stewardship committee during a world-wide pandemic, your answer may have been different.  But here you are, trying […]

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Posted on August 14, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Annual Campaigns, Leading
Stewardship In a Time of Crisis – Masks and Money

STEWARDSHIP IN A TIME OF CRISIS THE PASTOR AS STEWARD-LEADER:  MASKS AND MONEY     To claim that these are highly unusual times would be to understate the current reality.  To consider that pastors are charged to serve as stewards of congregations when those congregations cannot congregate would be to understate the challenge of ministry in […]

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Posted on July 24, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Leading
What’s Next?

What’s Next? These Three Remain…Faith, Hope, and Love Thinking theologically about the way forward By Bruce A. Barkhauer A global pandemic. Civil unrest. A society divided. A church struggling to find its place. These seismic shifts make us feel like we are on shaky ground. Our familiar church lives have been disrupted. Many of us […]

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Posted on June 23, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Leading
Stewardship in a Time of Crisis: Best Practices for the Invitation to the Offering in a Streaming Environment

Stewardship in a Time of Crisis: Best Practices for the Invitation to Offering in a Streaming Environment Do This: You have a story to tell – tell it with passion and conviction.  The church is still doing ministry and living out it’s God given vision.  Talk about the ways that is happening and why it […]

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Posted on March 30, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Leading, Tool Box
The Importance of a Gifts Policy

The Importance of a Gifts Policy Churches and charities have one major thing in common: they are dependent on the generosity of others (expressed through gifts to the organization) to have the financial resources they need to perform their mission. For this reason, congregations need a policy about gifts that specifies how gifts may be […]

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Posted on July 21, 2018
Filed under: Administration, Administrative Resources, Tool Box
Sample Gifts Policy

Gifts Policy and the Gifts Commission (A Proposed Model) Purpose: This Gifts Policy is established to protect and serve the long-term interests of the congregation, so that it may faithfully and properly manage and steward the assets and resources donated to further its mission.  These may be testamentary gifts; money designated for certain special projects or […]

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Posted on May 21, 2018
Filed under: Administration, Tool Box
Charity and the New Tax Law

Charity and New Tax Law A Commentary by Bruce A. Barkhauer Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)   Is the tax deduction for charitable giving going to go away? To be honest we don’t know yet, and the idea of it going completely away seems unlikely based on what […]

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Posted on December 14, 2017
Filed under: Administration, Leading, Tool Box