The FORTH Stewardship Development Program wrapped up a 7-site demonstration project in June of this year. It was based on content from the widely-used congregational text resource, Beyond Fundraising: A Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship by Wayne Clark. The demonstration project generated many significant areas of intelligence and usable best practices for UU congregations.
This workshop reviewed the findings of the FORTH demonstration, detailing some of the achievements and challenges to implementing year-round stewardship, and discussed next steps in the further development of FORTH.
Participants were asked to share their own experiences and tips for implementing effective stewardship programs.
Mark Ewert is a congregational stewardship consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association; his focus is on helping congregations to grow their cultures of generosity. In addition to 10 years as a fundraising professional, Mark has been a fundraising consultant, facilitator, and teacher for nonprofit organizations. He is also a certified leadership coach in private practice. For more information, please visit his website at http://www.generositypath.com
We want to welcome everyone who comes to our congregation, though many times it is easier to greet those we already know than brand new people. There are many things congregations can do right now to get ready for newcomers walking in our doors. From training greeters to looking at membership expectations, this workshop will discuss ten good ideas for congregations to be welcoming of the newcomers who are searching for a spiritual home, which will help them along the path to membership.
Leader: Marie Luna, Membership Director at Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton, WI since 2005. The Appleton congregation grew from 200 to over 600 members in 10 years.
This online workshop was recorded August 12, 2010 and runs approximately 45 minutes.
Please note: video is currently not available.
Presenter: Rev. Mark Stringer, Minister of First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa
When Rev. Mark Stringer went on sabbatical in 2007, he visited several large UU congregations across the country, to learn all he could about church staffing as related to congregational growth. Since then, he’s put into action a number of steps that have transformed the work of the Des Moines church.
Mark led an online workshop for leaders of mid-sized congregations on “Staffing for Growth.”