I hate the word “staff” because it’s a rather mechanical, de-personified way to refer to those who feel called the serve the Lord and His Church in a special way. But, you know what I mean. In my experience, churches (and each individual Christian) have a view of staff — a culture — that might […]
Louisville Seminary receives Lilly Endowment grant to improve economic well-being of future ministersLatest News Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. / PRNewswire-USNewswire — Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has received a $249,992 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. The Seminary is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding. Personal financial pressures severely limit the ability of seminary graduates […]
With all the stress and hustle of the Christmas season, I want to lighten things up. Below are nine “diseases” many church facilities suffer. Gary Nicholson, one of Visioneering’s studio directors and lead architects, developed this list. He thought you would enjoy “playing doctor” to diagnose your own facilities. Enjoy! (And thanks goes to Gary. […]
Did you know that 22 percent of charities’ yearly gifts come in the last two days of the year?
When tragedy strikes in the form of a fire, a flood or another natural disaster, a church leader is are forced to make decisions on the fly — often with little knowledge of the potential consequences. Let’s change that.
By Cathy Lynn Grossman RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) — This is Giving Tuesday, when nonprofits of every stripe hope to attract some of the billions of dollars to be spent during the Hanukkah and Christmas season. Many of those dollars will go to religious groups. Now, new research is expanding the meaning of “religious giving.” […]
The Blackbaud Index reports overall charitable giving grew 2.3 percent for the three months ending October 2013, compared to the same period a year earlierLatest News Monday, December 2nd, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Blackbaud Index was updated today: Based on data from 3,828 charities that raised more than $12 billion in the prior 12 months, The Blackbaud Index reports that overall charitable giving grew 2.3 percent for the three months ending October 2013, compared to the same period a year earlier. Among 3,097 charities […]
ST. LOUIS — With the launch of its “Give Graciously, Give Globally” campaign, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is joining the second annual “Giving Tuesday” effort held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and asking people around the world to make a difference through charitable giving on a single day. Giving Tuesday, which will be observed this year […]
This past week, I attended a meeting of the local NACBA chapter that invited a guest speaker to address the new IRS guidelines lead by a local CPA specializing in church tax issues and audits. Just to be clear, I didn’t attend this workshop because I love accounting. In fact, during my freshman year in college, […]
Nearly three quarters of household charitable giving goes to organizations with religious ties, new study findsLatest News Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE/ Los Angeles — The new report Connected to Give: Faith Communities demonstrates that nearly three-quarters of all U.S. household giving — 73 percent — goes to organizations with religious ties. The report, which for the first time takes into account donations to religiously identified charitable organizations alongside congregations, highlights the multidimensional nature […]