New economic models
Miguel Escobar: The church has a complicated relationship with money
The author of a new book opens a discussion on stewardship, poverty and the holy uses of wealth.
Money, mission and meeting in person -- a new study looks at COVID-19's effect on churches
More than 550 congregations took part in Lake Institute’s survey about the pandemic. While their finances have been impacted, many faith communities are adapting, which will be critical moving forward.
Learning about reparations makes clear their need
For newcomers to the call for reparations, understanding the need to move beyond atonement to restitution is a crucial step, writes the director of the Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
'Here for you, not because of you' -- Nashville nonprofit serves up coffee, soap and empowerment
Building on strengths and taking the long view, a Christ-centered South Nashville nonprofit emerges as a catalyst for holistic community development.
Dave Odom: What does financial sustainability mean in the midst of inequity?
How we measure the investment in organizations can shortchange commitments that different racial, ethnic and cultural communities make to their ministries, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Nathan Kirkpatrick: Tangier Island, the church and living on the edge
Tangier Island is losing up to 16 feet of coastline every year and will be uninhabitable within 50 years. How many congregations find themselves similarly watching the sea rise, and why aren’t we doing more for them?
Matt Overton: How social enterprise has changed my congregation and me
A youth pastor finds that running a social enterprise has influenced everything from his preaching to his role in the community. It has also helped congregants reach across the political divide.
Student apartments bring new life to innovative campus ministry
A combination church, campus ministry and seven-story apartment building, Pres House is a bustling hub of activity, a “home away from home” for students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matt Overton: Should your social enterprise be for-profit, nonprofit or a hybrid?
A pastor who runs two social enterprises shares his experience on the pros and cons of different models and the tensions inherent in this form of ministry.
Matt Overton: The three phases of launching a church-based social enterprise
A youth pastor who began a church-based social enterprise shares advice for others interested in this kind of ministry. The three initial phases are discernment, consulting with the community and testing.