Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

by Michael Ward


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This book by pastor and certified fund raising executive (CFRE) Michael R. Ward provides church leaders a resource to lead their congregations to a new culture of generosity and abundance that raises more money as well as more disciples. Written specifically with pastors, congregation councils, finance committees, and stewardship teams in mind, this book encourages and guides a process of study, reflection, and action that is clear and practical. Ward taps into years of experience fundraising in the nonprofit sector to address the ongoing challenges of financing ministry. His goal is to empower congregations and other nonprofit organizations to expect and plan for generosity.

The book moves from grounding stewardship ministry biblically and theologically to setting up the basic building blocks for strong stewardship, including board development, stewardship planning, and strategic planning. From there, it addresses practical tactics, such as case development, communication, donor mentality, roadblocks, volunteers, and steps to a gift.

Real-life stories and examples of growing stewardship programs and capital campaigns are provided along with practical hands-on tools to help groups plan, develop, and implement stewardship plans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506461403
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 201
Sales rank: 189,869
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Ward, CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), has served as a parish pastor, VP of Advancement, and is now a partner with GSB (Gronlund, Sayther, Brunkow Fundraising). He is currently doing full-time stewardship work for churches, camps, social-ministry organizations, synods, and other church-affiliated institutions. His passions include strategic planning, fundraising, and board development. He lives in Fletcher, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Grounded 7

Part I The Ten Steps: An Overview

2 Board and Staff Leadership 19

3 The Financial Stewardship Plan 31

4 Strategic Vision 41

Part II Expanding the Fundraising Plan

5 Case Development 55

6 Communication for When You Are Asking and When You Aren't 63

7 Donor Mentality 75

8 Roadblocks 85

9 Utilize Volunteers 95

10 Donor Stewardship 105

Part III Stimulating Generosity and Reinforcing Abundance

11 Council and Board Activities 121

12 Witness to Generosity 131

13 $10,000 Carwash: Special Appeals from an Abundance Mentality 139

14 A Different Story as the Church: Stewardship for All Seasons 145

15 Growing Givers' Hearts 155

16 Should the Pastor Know? 163

17 Fundraising Is Ministry 171

Conclusion 177

Appendix A Outcome Stories 181

Appendix B Sample Offering Talks 187

Appendix C Sample Strategic Plans, Goals, Objectives, and Tactics 195

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