Keeping the stewardship conversation alive


Voices on Stewardship was born out of conversations I had with clients, pastors and people at my own church — more folks than I would have imagined telling me that they need additional information and insight to encourage greater generosity among their congregations, especially when it comes to e-Giving.


Tried-and-true maintenance best practices for portable room dividers


Just about any church can make great use of portable room dividers. They can be a safe, cost-effective long-term investment… but only if you buy thoughtfully. The biggest mistake I see churches make is buying cheap. Here’s why that’s so risky.


What makes curved pews so special?


What attributes of a curved pew not only provide a place to sit during the sermon, but also enhance the experience? Why should you consider curved pews in your sanctuary? (And come to think of it, when did the use of curved pews begin?)


Refinancing — decoding the process


Amortization. Balloon payment. Adjustable rate. Do these terms have you feeling like Dorothy in Oz? (“Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!”)


Acoustics, A-frames & other audio challenges

Jeremy Rusnock Photography

Since 1968, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. — a suburb of Washington, D.C. — has faithfully served its community.

Until last year, its original sound system had been ‘serving’ just as long.


How notification tech enables better ministry — & management

With the help of notification technology, Faith Reformed Church was able to host the only Halloween event in their storm-ravaged
community, post Hurricane Sandy.

Instant Connections Faith Reformed Church (Midland Park, NJ) For Scott Nichols, pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Midland Park, NJ, notification technology — a tool that can mass-distribute voice calls, emails and text messages — can really be a godsend from week to week. As he explains, the church uses this technology to send prayer […]


Stewardship includes planning and building for the long-term

Whenever building a new facility, church leaders and church building committee members share a common concern regarding stewardship: balancing building needs with adequate funding.

The solution to this dilemma usually comes down to a short-term decision based on the “lowest bid.” This option offers a strong argument when justifying most building decisions — but, as many worship facilities have found out, it might not be the smartest long-term answer.


Glenn Wood: Finding the financial “fuel” Seacoast needs to grow

Glenn Wood / Church Administrator / Seacoast Church / Mt. Pleasant, SC

With 13 locations (and growing!), Seacoast Church’s vision proved to be beyond its previous financial partner’s comfort level.

The challenge: find one that understands who the church is, what it wants to do, why… and how to make it happen.


Intellectual property considerations for church leaders

Intellectual property protection

By David O. Middlebrook Churches are some of the most creative places on earth. Every week, church staff is called upon to create sermons, songs, Bible and Sunday school lessons, music, books and teaching materials, and all other kinds of creative works. Churches routinely use media — such as movies and audio clips — to […]


Engaging spaces: all for the kids!


Designed and built with an amusement park in mind, the astonishing children’s education building at Crossroads sends a clear message: Children matter here. By Rebecca Flannery Children’s spaces —above and beyond most other areas in a church — can afford to be hyper-engaging. To attract attention and produce a sense of belonging, there’s no better […]