What Clergy Need to Know

One of our most frequent and textured conversations with churches and clergy concerns what clergy need to know about church finances. The resources below offer a dependable foundation on which to begin or to deepen the conversation in your church. What's your indispensable resource? Let us know!

   
We almost always begin conversations here - with Henry Nouwen's A Spirituality of Fundraising.

Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate money. It’s time to change the way you view this important task.
“Fundraising is, first and foremost, a ministry,” renowned author and teacher Henri Nouwen writes in the introduction. Nouwen approaches fundraising from a position of strength rather than weakness, seeing it as spiritual work. “Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging,” he points out. “The core of fundraising is casting a compelling vision that people want to be part of."
The new workbook edition contains the entire text plus commentary on its themes from Nathan Ball. There are many questions for reflection and journaling, prompts for listening and meditation, and instructions for using the book as an individual or with a group.

   
The CEEP Network is the largest group of resourced institutions from across the Episcopal Church. The network’s membership is committed to strengthening leaders for a changing church through connecting, equipping, and diversifying. Their multitude of webinars are available through their website to all who want to view them. Learn more here.
   

Considering how essential fundraising is to ministry, many church leaders remain terrified of asking for or talking about money. Fearless Church Fundraising removes the terror from stewardship, urging leaders to focus on deep spiritual conversion and a clear, compelling mission before they design the pledge cards. In this rich resource part handbook, part workbook, part spiritual guidebook former monk and popular consultant Charles LaFond combines road-tested strategies and sample campaign documents with a spiritual director s sensitivity. The result is an irresistible, user-friendly text that promises to transform your ministry s fundraising and its spiritual life."
 The Fearless Church Fundraising website provides churches of all denominations and traditions a set of resources that may be downloaded entirely for free by anyone at any time. Below are three main resources.  Section one offers materials for use with major gifts, section two offers a library of resources for use in raising annual pledges and gifts while section three will offer information about membership growth, planned giving, leadership and spiritual support.