Growing Generous Hearts across Congregational Life

Posted by Matthew Thomas

 
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Topics: leadership, Matthew Thomas, Worship, Open Hands Open Hearts, Caregiving, Outreach, Formation, Operations, Growing Generous Hearts

Powering Generosity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Walk into a dark room we’ve not entered before and our first response is to start groping the walls for where we intuitively feel the light switch must be. Repeat the action a bit later and groping requires less effort. Enter the same darkened room repeatedly and the switch gets flipped without looking or thinking. The action becomes an extension of us and we assume it will keep working

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Topics: Worship, mark vincent, generosity, Open Hands Open Hearts, Operations, Growing Generous Hearts

Generosity in Financial Crisis

Posted by Matthew Thomas

 
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Topics: church, generosity education, Matthew Thomas, finances, generosity, church financing, Open Hands Open Hearts, creating a culture of generosity

GrowingGenerous Hearts: The Whys and Whats of Special or Designated Offerings and Fundraisers

Posted by Matthew Thomas

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Topics: mission, stewardship, offering to God, Matthew Thomas, budgeting, budget, Offering, Worship, Open Hands Open Hearts, Outreach, Operations, Growing Generous Hearts

Growing Generous Hearts: Bringing Something to Share

Posted by Matthew Thomas

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Topics: offering to God, Matthew Thomas, Offering, Worship, Open Hands Open Hearts

Growing Generous Hearts: The Story we Tell when we ask for money

Posted by Matthew Thomas

The way a ministry leader talks about finances tells a story. Recently, I have heard a number of leaders making a pitch for funds. Many of those conversations start off something like this: "Our expenses are rising, but our main funders don't seem to realize that - they're cutting our funding from their budgets. We need money to pay staff, keep up facilities, and run our programs. We're running short, so we're asking you to help."

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Topics: steward leaders, Matthew Thomas, steward leader, generosity, Open Hands Open Hearts, Formation, Operations, creating a culture of generosity

Introducing Open Hands, Open Hearts

Posted by Matthew Thomas

By Mark L. Vincent and Matthew M. Thomas

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Topics: leadership, Worship, Open Hands Open Hearts, Caregiving, Outreach, Formation, Operations