A funny thing happened to me last week.  I went to a meeting.  I didn’t log into a meeting.  I went there.  I put on long pants (not my favorite part), drove to the church, small talked then got to the purpose of our time together.  An hour later I was back in my car […]

Church Finance, Church Leadership, Endowments, Stewardship

July 24, 2020

Getting Back to Normal-ish

The last six weeks have been a remarkable time for change and innovation in the church.  A year ago what would it have taken for your church to agree to worshiping online?  Or having a committee meeting through Zoom or Skype?  There aren’t many people in the church saying, “But we’ve always done it that […]

Church Finance

April 23, 2020

Phase 2 of Online Giving

In church circles much of the excitement around the CARES Act has been around the possibility of a church receiving a forgivable loan to cover payroll and other basic expenses during this period.  But it also gives us two important pieces to the charitable giving puzzle that should not be overlooked. In the last two […]

Church Finance

April 6, 2020

More Good News from the CARES Act

We had a great group participate in our webinar this morning.  They appreciated the information about not only assessing your situation but how to put on their fundraiser hats and move the mission forward.  If you have questions or seek more information, please reach out. The video is one hour and 15 minutes and can […]

Church Finance

April 3, 2020

Recording Available, Improving Your Cash Flow

So it seems that enough people around the world are sitting around bored that they have decided to find various online meetings and “bomb” them.  That is, they go to a meeting they have no interest in attending and just disrupt it as a form of entertainment. So for Friday’s Improving Your Church’s Cash Flow […]

Church Finance

April 2, 2020

Webinar update, registration required

About a week ago I wrote About That Cash Flow, a post to encourage you as church leaders to evaluate your situation and how to move into a better place. My colleague, Kristi Kinnison from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation in Denver, expanded upon those thoughts and the two of us have collaborated on […]

Church Finance

March 30, 2020

More About Cash Flow, A Webinar Opportunity

Whether or not your church has enough money can be measured in a couple of ways.  At the end of the year did you take in more than you spent?  Were you able to fund your ministry vision or just pay the bills?  But in the next few weeks the most important measure is whether […]

Church Finance

March 24, 2020

About That Cash Flow

In the last week the churches of the East Ohio Annual Conference have scrambled to figure out how to live stream their worship services.  Some have full-blown Sunday morning productions, others are pastors in front of their cell phones offering a message and a prayer. And once they got that figured out by Sunday, they […]

Church Finance, Church Leadership, Stewardship

March 18, 2020

Electronic Giving, Now More Than Ever

I grew up in a very United Methodist home.  Going to Christ  United Methodist Church in Alliance on Sunday was never in question.  Dad was the Lay Leader for our church, my brothers and I did Sunday School, UMYF, various choirs and projects.  We earned our Eagle Scout Award from the church’s boy scout troop.  […]

Church Finance

March 4, 2019

Time for Connection or Silos?

In the past 24 hours I have read many blogs, posts, texts and emails along the lines of, “Now What?” I say now is the time for The One Church Plan. No, not the one you’ve been hearing about. My plan is for you to focus on One Church, yours. In many communities around the […]

Church Finance

February 27, 2019

The One Church Plan Reimagined