Welcome to another edition of the Stewardship Journal.
Did you survive Easter? For pastors, this is an exhilarating day, but it can also be a day leading to great depression. Exhaustion might be the word that comes to mind. This week’s Stewardship Journal addresses the day after Easter.
We begin with another post by long-time MBC pastor Richie Rhea. Richie has written extensively for us, and this week’s post, The Threat That Comes After the Big Day, might be one of his most important. We reached out to Richie a few weeks back and asked him to give a pastoral word to pastors for the day after Easter. I think you will love his encouraging and helpful words.
Mark Brooks’ Stewardship Coach carries on the theme of encouraging pastors after Easter with his column titled 5 Key Post-Easter Strategies to Keep Your Tank Full. Mark gives practical advice on how you need a post-Easter strategy to keep your giving tank full. At the same time, he shares how important rest and relaxation are for a pastor to keep his personal tank full.
This week’s Bonus Section, entitled The 48-Hour Window, and is dedicated to showing the value of saying thank you. Here is a great quote,“Research has shown that first-time donors who receive a personal thank-you within 48 hours are four times more likely to give again. Yes, thanking in 48 hours equals a 400 percent improvement in renewal rates.” Tom Ahern, in his book, What Donors Want…and Why. To help motivate you to say thanks, we give you four reasons why you need a first-time giver plan.
Don’t forget that you now have access to hundreds of offering talks for free! You will find a link to the site in Mark’s Stewardship Coach column.
Do you have something to add to our stewardship conversation? Would you like to write for the Stewardship Journal? If so, email Rob Phillips at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
Advancing the Gospel!