Faithful Financial Stewardship

Consultant Betsy Schwarzentraub inspired the former Yellowstone Conference during 2012, as they sought to re-frame and strengthen financial stewardship in a faithful way. The term “Mission Shares” is being called “Mission Shares / Connectional...

Having a Mission-Based Financial Commitment Program

We talk about mission. We do mission. So how can we make our church’s annual financial commitment program mission-based, instead of sounding like one more “sell job” about our church’s programs? 1. Keep the main thing the Main Thing. Most people really do hear what we...

Mission Shares: Long Arms and Jesus’ Feet – part 1

God doesn’t work just with United Methodists. We can glimpse God’s activity all around us! So why participate in God’s work through our Apportionments, or “Mission Shares”? For starters, it has to do with long arms and Jesus’ feet. First of all, our Mission Shares...

Moving from Scarcity to Contentment

“If some is good, more is better.” That message echoes all around us, calling us to pursue more money, more things, more recognition, more power. Money is seen as the key to all the “more” we can imagine. At some level, this insatiable desire taps into a primal...

Building a Generosity Plan

You don’t have to be a left-brain thinker to get a multiple-step project done. Whether you’re personally a natural list-maker or a spontaneous doer, you still need a plan to affect positive change in the church. Especially if you want to work as a team, or even just...

Stock Donations – Better than Cash!

It is better to give than receive. – Acts 20:35 It is better to give appreciated stocks than cash. – IRS Your church may not have a brokerage account to sell stock donations, but your church has a United Methodist Foundation and we have a brokerage account! The...