Links

Here are links to sites that we have found helpful.  Please note our Terms of Use regarding the information contained on these websites.

Stewardship Resources for Use in Congregations

  • Horizons Stewardship Company – Clif Christopher founded Horizons to help faith-based organizations make strategic decisions and secure the necessary capital to achieve their mission.  Dr. Christopher is a nationally known leader in financial stewrdship and presented at the NIC annual stewardship conference twice. His monthly newsletter and blog offer insight and practical ideas.
  • Lewis Leadership Center   The Lewis Center, a program of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, serves as a resource for church leaders and congregations. They offer a variety of resources and publications and seminars to help achieve the church’s faithful witness. Dr. Lovett Weems, the center’s director, presented at a recent NIC stewardship conference.
  • Center for Christian Stewardship, United Methodist Church  A rich resource of materials related to Christian stewardship.  The site includes an extensive bibliography, listing of annual stewardship campaign materials, capital campaign resources, planned giving information.  Also includes sermon starters, children’s time ideas, workshops and events.  New resources are being developed constantly.  For an update and further information, contact the Center for Christian Stewardship, General Board of Discipleship, The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003; (877-899-2780, ext. 7077;www.gbod.org/stewardship)
  • Ecumenical Stewardship Center  Features a variety of resources to strengthen congregational stewardship ministries. Included are those developed by the Center as well as several offered by our member denominations and friends.
  • Faith and Money Network   This site offers resources to assist people in exploring their relationship to money from a faith perspective.  An online and print newsletter is available as well as curriculum and retreats on money and faith.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Opportunities for UM Churches GCFA has negotiated with Vanco Services to offer local United Methodist Churches the opportunity to set up EFT services for donors’ pledges to the local church. Check the web-link for details on this and other forms of electronic donations including debit/credit cards and text donations.

United Methodist-Related Sites

  • General Council on Finance and Administration Legal Services Manual The GCFA (www.gcfa.org) website contains comprehensive information about administrative and legal issues within the church.  Included in it legal manual is a section on Estate Planning and Property. It also posts regular bulletins of information pertaining to church endowments and estate planning.

Planned Giving Resources

  • American Council of Gift Annuities Formed in 1927, the purpose of the ACGA is to provide education and other services to American charities regarding gift annuities and other forms of planned giving. Recognized as the lead agency establishing rates for gift annuity payments.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Valued as an indispensable professional development resource for fundraisers, and by the broader public as a leading champion of philanthropy and force for building community
  • Donors Forum of Chicago An association of area grant makers. Its mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy. Donor’s Forum provides education programs, workshops, publications, research projects and a comprehensive library of resources for philanthropic issues.
  • Leave a Legacy® is a public awareness campaign designed to inspire people of all ages, income levels and ethnicities to make a charitable bequest.
  • Partners for Philanthropic Planning Association of professionals in the charitable gift planning field. A network of local planned giving councils offer ongoing community-based education and networking opportunities. The website provides current information on changes in the field, especially related to legal and tax issues.
  • Planned Giving Design Center Provides planned giving technical information regarding legal, tax and financial issues that could influence charitable giving. Limited information is available to non-members.

Personal Financial Management

  • Crown Financial Services  Crown’s resources equip people to learn, and apply God’s financial principles in their family finances. They offer curriculum, training, and articles of interest to assist churches with financial stewardship resources for family finanicial management.
  • Financial Peace University Dave Ramsey’s video-based courses on faith-based management of finances.  The two-hour sessions enable some of the dynamics of a small group to develop as well as teaching participants how to wisely save, share and spend their money. Recently added: a nine-session course and a youth module.
  • Good Sense Ministry A variety of resources for use in local church settings to assist families with financial management from a Christian perspective. The Good Sense Ministry was developed through Willow Creek Community Church. Regular Train-the-Trainer seminars are offered at their Barrington, Illinois site.
  • Empty Tomb, Inc. The site contains a wealth of information about consumerism and giving patterns in local churches. Both statistical data and interpretive articles are available.
  • Sound Mind Investing Comprehensive information about money management and financial planning from a Christian perspective. The site contains many useful links.
  • Three Simple Rules A curriculum of free, downloadable materials to assist individuals and families with Christian financial management. The resources can be used by a family or within a group context. The author Theo A. Boers developed the materials based on his experience in the field of financial planning.

Other Resources

  • The Alban Institute  An ecumenical, interfaith organization which supports congregations through consulting services, research and educational materials  They offer a free weekly enewsletter that highlights latest offerings.
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