Can You Hear Me Now?

Can your members hear your stewardship message?                   Let’s improve the odds for communication success.     Not too long ago, an actor became something of an icon in American culture, as he travelled all over the country asking, “Can You Hear Me Now?” on behalf of…

Phasing A Building Project – Campaign Size Does Matter

Multi-phase church building projects, and campaigns to fund them, require excellent planning in order to succeed. If you are thinking of embarking on a building project, here are some things to consider: How big a project can we take on? Before hiring an architect to sketch out your dream building, have a general idea of…

Unitarian Universalism and Stewardship for 2017 and Beyond

Stewardship, the future is in your hands

I’m delighted to report that Unitarian Universalism is alive and well – in fact, by some measures, we are thriving.  Over the past year, we stewardship consultants have seen an uptick in capital campaigns, including some large and ambitious ones.  Stewardship for Us assisted 14 congregations with financial feasibility studies or capital campaigns (or both)…

How Goes Stewardship in the USA?

A recent large survey tells us what is working, what is changing, and what is passing from the stewardship scene. There are definite patterns to capitalize upon.   by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant While looking through the site Church Tech Today, I recently came across the latest iteration of a periodic survey of churches and church…

Mark Ewert Earns his CAP®

I am happy to announce that I have earned certification as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) from The American College of Financial Services. What is a CAP®? The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® is professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The CAP®…

What is Your Annual Drive Strategy?

As a congregation planning an annual drive, you may want to change it up and try something different. We hear regularly from congregations who feel that their annual drive does not perform well. It is too arduous, burns out volunteers, distracts from the “real work” of the congregation (that is another blog post!), members don’t…