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Sybil Davidson


I read a lot of United Methodist news (and I mean A LOT) in my role as conference communicator and I have to admit, it took reading about UMCmarket a few times before I understood what was being offered.  UMCmarket is a shopping portal offered by the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration as a fundraising tool for your church.  It takes very little effort on your part, but businesses are willing to support your church in hopes that it brings you to their store or product. It's ...

First of the Year: A Great Time to Start An Energy Diet for Your Church


By Mike Selleck January, named after the mythical Roman god, Janus, is represented as a head with two faces, one that looks back and one that looks forward. Pagan statuary aside, this is a great opportunity to examine the energy costs of your church building and ask what your church utilities cost last year, and what can be done to reduce those (and related) costs in the year ahead. Energy-saving thermostats For the average home, Consumer Reports suggests programmable thermostats can trim ...

The Plate


What happens when you tithe?  

Full-service giving


UMCOM gives some great tips on how to offer more opportunities to give. They say to create a financial impact statement, go electronic, and look for partners in local businesses and foundations. Read the full article at:¬oc=1&tr=y&auid=8119941

The Easter Offering Plate


With so many more people in worship on Easter Sunday, why isn't the offering any bigger? Horizons Stewardship gave a simple answer in this month's enewsletter. Click here to download the pdf To read articles on other stewardship ideas and topics, Horizon's website is

Do Endowments Help or Hurt?


This Lewis Center for Church Leadership article takes a look at the good and bad of endowments. The advice: have excelent endowment policies to "make endowments your servant rather than your master." Here's the article:

Electronic Giving


Worship Facilities Magazine has an article this month on on electronic giving solutions. Here's the link: Does your church provide a way for members to give electronically?

Stewardship Origami Idea


You asked for it ... here's a video on how to fold a dollar bill into a shirt. Use with Matthew 5:40.

Stewardship Idea - Make it Easy to Give


Another idea from First Baptist Orlando: an offering drop-box. Give people the opportunity to give.

Stewardship Vision


After a brief conversation, Bill Burch at Sam Jones in Cartersville ran with my idea of 2010 as being "better than average vision." Their stewardship Sunday will begin with "20/20: Clear Vision," when they will look at how our stewardship enables the church's ministry. The second Sunday is "20/10: Better Than Average Vision," and They will look at personal stewardship as a spiritual discipline.   Bill Britt at Peachtree Road is building on the theme of "Enough" with "A Christian's Guide to ...

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