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In a time of great needs and limited resources, congregations are increasingly looking to outside sources to help fund their charitable programs. A former Duke Endowment officer has some advice on how churches can connect with the world of philanthropy.
Public theology is what ordinary people do as they live out their faith in unpretentious ways beyond the confines of their religious congregations, on the public squares of their world, says the director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
The programs and services you offer must align with your mission, and decisions about staffing, facilities needs and revenue sources follow.
Conventional thinking about raising new money will not be as effective as in the past, so institutional leaders need to think differently.
Rather than fretting about growing revenue streams or cutting costs, it’s time to create new models for Christian congregations and related organizations. That starts with knowing how to read a balance sheet.
Sometimes institutional leaders are focused on survival. These questions can help shift thinking toward thriving, even in a climate of scarcity.
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