The Little Things

The Little Things

The free-lance writer, Robert Brault, once wrote: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were big things. We are likely frustrated that we will not be able to engage in the “big things” during this Covid Thanksgiving. If, however, we...
Core Values

Core Values

Core values are principles you stick with even if you know they might lead to a short-term outcome you don’t prefer. Especially then! It’s this gap between the short-term and the long-term that makes Core Values true to your unique mission. If your guiding Core Values...
Matching and Challenge Gifts

Matching and Challenge Gifts

I was asked this past week if there is a difference between Matching and Challenge gifts. The short answer is yes.  In a matching gift, the donor agrees to give a set amount for each gift given by others – perhaps dollar for dollar – up to a predetermined limit. This...
Thankfulness

Thankfulness

As we enter into these early days of November, we are already being inundated with commercial messages concerning the upcoming Holidays. Messages of how, and in what ways, will we “hold on” to all of our traditions, in the midst of this pandemic. Granted many of the...
Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Our Generosity Gem last week encouraged us to embrace the confusion that arises from our current state of affairs. Getting comfortable with ‘confused’ is a stepping stone on the path to figuring things out.  But as we all know, getting comfortable with “confusion” is...
It’s OK to be Confused… In fact, it’s a Good Thing!

It’s OK to be Confused… In fact, it’s a Good Thing!

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face, Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Paul is describing here how our knowledge of God and God’s ways are incomplete. Paul describes our partial...
A Blessing for Leaders

A Blessing for Leaders

The Election season is upon us. It’s a good time to share the following blessing from John O’Donohue. Not only is it a timely blessing to bestow on all our national, state, and local civic leaders, but also a wonderful blessing for congregational leaders to reflect...
Leading to the Other Side of Crisis

Leading to the Other Side of Crisis

LEADING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF CRISIS …What is Your Narrative    What if this is not a time for fixing or getting new programs into place but of attending to, of listening, of discerning what the Spirit is saying to us? When the lockdown started we realized...
Tips for Telephone Calling

Tips for Telephone Calling

We are quickly approaching the Fall Annual Stewardship season to encourage members to renew their general giving pledges for 2021.  I have found it helpful to incorporate a telephone calling effort. It is an easy way to involve volunteers, and it provides wonderful...
I’ve Been Thinking

I’ve Been Thinking

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a technological shift unlike any in our lifetime. As the world shut down and all forms of travel with it, we were forced to find new ways to communicate and accomplish our work. For the most part, that meant shifting to Zoom,...