Submitted by Kristi Kinnison
Executive Director, Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation
Pastors and church leaders: Professional fundraisers know how to raise money – and pastors are expected to be professional fundraisers in addition to theologian, therapist, business manager, politician, motivational speaker, and exemplary model citizen. We know there is a lot on a pastor's plate.
Here are four new fast resources to help turn the switch from "lack" to "abundance." If you don't have time for these educational opportunities, then delegate these resources to your church leaders and ask them to report on them at the next council meeting. We promise that these educational opportunities through webinars and quick reads, when implemented, will make all the difference in turning around your church from scarcity mentality to abundance thinking.
Grant Writing 101: The Basics for Church Leaders: Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. MDT
Funding Your Mission: Coming out strong in the Fourth Quarter: Sept 12 at 5:30 p.m. MDT
New book: One-Minute Stewardship by Charles Cloughen Jr.
Clif Christopher Webinar: God vs. Money: Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. MDT
If you need some good books to read, or want insight on programs that have had the most success, call the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation. We have scores of programs and fundraising books in our library and we are happy to send you a copy of something that is right for your church – FREE. But we can't learn it, read it, or do it for you and your church leaders. These techniques sometimes require a shift in thinking and an uncomfortable change in tradition. Successful church fundraising that worked 30 years ago may not necessarily work in today's context.
Choose to think of your finances in the same way that you understand the abundance of God's love for all. There is enough to go around, we just have a distribution problem.