From the Desk of Our Executive Director

From the Desk of Our Executive Director

Have you finished your budget planning? Do you have a plan to meet that budget? We do! Welcome to another Stewardship Journal! The Journal has focused on budget planning for the last few weeks. In this edition of the Journal, we complete that series.

Here is a preview of this week’s Stewardship Journal.

If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail is our lead post. To motivate you to read this post, let me share a key paragraph that shows why you need a stewardship plan…

Because church giving has been on a steady decline, and by 2050 Americans will give only 1% of their incomes to the church! That will be essentially half of what they currently give. This means that you could see your giving receipts decline by 50% in less than thirty years. Do you have a plan to make sure your church’s giving stays strong?

The good news is we have a plan for you!

Mark Brooks, The Stewardship Coach, finishes his series on budget preparation and how the economy could impact giving in his post entitled When It Comes to Making Budget Hope is NOT a Strategy. Mark shares more about the importance of having a stewardship plan.

This week’s Bonus Section is entitled Setting Up a Team to “Own” Stewardship Plans. It gives you practical advice on how to set up a team to help you carry out the stewardship plan at your church.

Speaking of planning, do you plan out each offering? We help you with that with a “talk” that puts giving and stewardship in a positive light. This week’s Mission and Ministry offering section is entitled Is It Worth the Cost?

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Let me close by saying our desire for this Journal has always been to provide you and your leaders with the plans and tools to help you be fully funded. Each of our church’s work is vital for our communities, our state, our nation, and the world. We want the Stewardship Journal to help us all be about…

Advancing the Gospel!

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Dr. John Yeats

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