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The Stewardship of Your Intellect
By Mark L.Vincent If a steward leader is a steward of all the assets entrusted to them, then they are a steward of their intellect. Does that go without saying? Perhaps. And yet, acknowledging this is true is not the same as doing the work of expanding one’s base of knowledge, deliberately reducing thinking…
Digital Ministry in a Post-website World
By Dr. David T. Bourgeois The Internet is the greatest communications tool ever invented by humans. It is the most rapidly adopted communication technology of all time, available to over two billion people at the time of this writing. Social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube are growing at a fast pace, with Facebook…
7 Tips for Improving Donor Stewardship
By Andrew Olsen When I think about the word stewardship, I think of the responsibility of taking care of something that belongs to someone else. The responsibility of taking care of something that belongs to someone else. Think about that for a minute. How does this definition impact the way you think about donors’ gifts? Will…
Debt: Biblical Reflections and 3 Applications for Steward Leaders
By Gary Hoag We live in a time when social activists are seeking to end slavery and human trafficking around the globe, while a more nefarious foe has enslaved the peoples of the earth: debt (Proverbs 22:7b). Perhaps we don’t hear much about this because God’s people are no different than the world. How big…
12 Ways to Effectively Keep Your Board Engaged
By Tom Okarma Paraphrasing an old joke- QUESTION: Know how to get a few good directors” ANSWER: Start with a lot of good directors. A couple of nonprofit boards I am somewhat familiar with are in the process of losing some good directors by their own personal choice, not due to term limits. This is…
What You Need to Know About Effective and Efficient Board Orientation
Empower your Board Members for success. Let us help you do it! This Thursday, May 23, you can join CPA and author Mike Batts as he simplifies “Governing Board Orientation”via the Christian Leadership Alliance Monthly Webcast. During this time, Mike will show you how to understand and communicate: The proper roles and responsibilities of your…
GenY is Coming – Are You Ready for Us?
By Jay Sherer Two friends of mine (both former classmates at Azusa Pacific University) recently sold their tech start-up for $30 million dollars. My wife and a close friend (also both APU grads) have started their own writing/editing business. A quick scan of my LinkedIn contacts reveals vice presidents, directors, and mid-level managers. Some have…
Does Your Faith Permeate Your Fundraising?
By Wesley K. Willmer In Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass), authors Tom Jeavons and Rebekah Basinger compare and contrast how a faith-based, ministry-focused model of raising resources is very different from a secular approach focused strictly on the bottom line. They concluded that it all boils down to values, because our values determine…
Rule 22: Think of a River Not a Well
There is no well to run dry; there’s only a river to pass you by. By Douglas K. Shaw You’ve heard it; I know certainly I have, more times than I can count. It usually pops out of somebody’s mouth when the topic of the appropriate number of times to mail fundraising appeals is on the table. …
2013 Compensation Survey Report For Christian Organizations
At the 2013 Christian Leaderhship Alliance National Conference in Anaheim, we talked about the importance of a leader caring well for those who serve with them. One of the ways a leader can do this is to be competitive in the wages and overall compensation he or she provides staff. Each year, CLA and Compensation…
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Christian Leadership Alliance equips and unites leaders to transform the world for Christ. We are the leaders of Christ-centered organizations who are dedicated to faithful stewardship for greater kingdom impact.