Development

MUMF Meets Match!

$1M for Missouri Clergy Support “This is truly news worth rejoicing over!… What incredible generosity and meaningful ministry you all have to celebrate there in Missouri,” shared Elise Erikson Barrett, Program Director for the Lilly Endowment, upon learning of the successful effort. The Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis is one...

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Need money for ministry? Start with a vision.

There are three basics to fundraising: vision, relationship and communication. Today I’m focusing on vision because at its core, fundraising is less about money and more about vision. Ask church leaders about their most successful ministry programs, and you’ll find that very few, if any, started out with, “We...

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Loneliness in the Ministry

Ministry can be lonely, even under normal conditions. But add in a pandemic and it can multiply! Many clergy are now working harder than ever, yet, with fewer connections with people that bring them joy and companionship.  Clergy and church leaders are now experiencing a new level of loneliness...

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Things to Consider When Preaching on Generosity

Are you a preacher who would like to get more comfortable with preaching about money? Then I have a deal for you!  I sat down with Rev. Trista Soendker-Nicholson, Foundation board member and self-proclaimed preaching nerd, to pick her brain about how to preach through a generosity campaign.  Our...

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It’s All About the Basics

For years, I sat on the side lines, watching my son be coached on baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts and hockey arenas. With all that instruction, you would think I would have absorbed how to play at least one of those sports. However, I am no better an...

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