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Why a budget crunch is looming for the UMC

By Teddy Ray, Special Contributor… I recently asked a friend who is business administrator of his church to run a quick analysis for me. My specific question: “How much of your church’s contributions come from people age 55 and over?” His answer was “70 percent.” My friend was unflinching. “Isn’t it just always that way?” […]

Book Review: Resource for teaching local church stewardship

Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life Bob Crossman Abingdon Press, 2012 With Committed to Christ, the Rev. Bob Crossman and his co-authors provide a stewardship program to guide churches beyond the yearly financial campaigns and into a lifestyle of giving. Dr. Crossman, a longtime pastor and director of the Arkansas Conference New […]

Stewardship: It’s all about relationships

By Ken Sloane, Special Contributor… I worshipped in a church that had signs posted everywhere—doors coming in, doors leaving, entering the fellowship hall, even in the men’s and women’s rooms. The signs said: “It’s all about relationships.” It wasn’t the church’s mission statement, but it was a core value, and you couldn’t be in that […]