You Have to Ask – 5 Steps to Asking for Money

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Recently I was having a conversation about stewardship, fundraising, and finances with a colleague in ministry. As usual, the conversation turned to budgets and the 1st quarter. “How is your church doing?”, my colleague asked. “Fine,” I replied. As it is with most conversations between ministers, we don’t … Read more

HOW TO: Analyze Giving Patterns

Content written by Rev. Micah James, CCA One of the hardest things a church has to do, in its administrative care taking, is accurately projecting and communicating income (aka gifts) to the ministry.  Being in the volatile world of non-profit income, most church’s major form of income is in the form of donations and gifts. … Read more

“Dear Pastor”…. Purchasing Stewardship vs Member Interest

Content by Rev. Paul Johnson, CCA This is a series of articles about real world problems that churches often find difficult to handle. They are presented in the form of emails for ease of conversation but can come in many different ways. Disclaimer: All the names are made up and in no way identify actual … Read more

(VIDEO) Content Snipit from October

A snipit of our member content video on stewardship of ministry. Have you struggled filling ministry positions? Have you wondered if there is another way to “fill” leadership positions? This video is a conversation starter to consider the possibilities. FOR THE FULL VIDEO, go to adminisministry.com/members and subscribe.

New Content – Stewardship of Ministry

A snipit of our member content video on stewardship of ministry. Have you struggled filling ministry positions? Have you wondered if there is another way to “fill” leadership positions? This video is a conversation starter to consider the possibilities. FOR THE FULL VIDEO, go to adminisministry.com/members

“Dear Pastor”: When is a gift not a gift?

This is a series of articles about real world problems that churches often find difficult to handle. They are presented in the form of emails for ease of conversation but can come in many different ways. Disclaimer: All the names are made up and in no way identify actual people nor does the author assume responsibility … Read more

Pay Attention: Internal Controls

Stories of financial impropriety are unfortunately not uncommon in the church. Just this morning another news story came up on my Google alerts – Woman accused of embezzling nearly $80K What do you do to prevent similar instances in your congregation? There are tons of resources to help start this conversation: Council of Non-Profits – Internal Controls … Read more

Thoughts: Show up!

Ninety percent of life is just showing up. The quote is widely attributed to Woody Allen. I’m not a big Woody Allen fan, but I like the quote. I think this quote has been misquoted as much as not. I’ve seen the quote use two different numbers: 90% or 80%. I’ve seen the quote on … Read more

Creating a Ministry Budget: A Living Narrative

In church administration and stewardship, one of the current buzz words is “narrative budget”.  It is a counter argument to the traditional accounting budget with line items and balance sheets. It is a great tool to make the numbers on the accounting page gain life and legs as you tell the story of ministry. The … Read more

Friday Thoughts: Stewards Move Forward

I,  like many of you, have investments, IRA accounts, and retirement instruments.  Even the Pension Fund of the Christian Church, on which I rely for a healthy retirement, is connected to the financial markets.  I did muster up the courage to take a peek early this morning at CNN to find the market in an … Read more