Rigor is good. A two-tier system that keeps committed participants from joining is not.
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Ginghamsburg Church has raised millions of dollars to fund projects in Sudan. Photo courtesy of Ginghamsburg Church
One of the organizers of an outreach program that has raised $4.4 million for Sudan offers advice for others willing to think big.
A church in a depressed, Rust Belt town has raised more than $4 million to help people in Sudan. This remarkable project began when the Rev. Mike Slaughter challenged his congregants to turn away from consumer culture and spend their money to help people in need.
A Jesuit priest advises a Protestant minister how to talk about money. We need a culture of giving, transparency, and an invitation to freedom.
How does a pastor even begin a conversation about money without making people feel like the church just wants theirs?
A new report by researchers at Auburn Theological Seminary offers guidance for seminaries trying to raise money in tough times. The data, though derived from theological schools, has implications for nonprofits as well.
It may be common wisdom that congregational leaders should be blind to who gives how much. This is misguided.