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Summer 2014


The theme for Summer 2014 is “Money Matters.”

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Boards and Fundraising

Why "skin in the game" is vital

Fundraising at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas is a team effort. President Steve Vanderhill shares, “I see myself setting the school’s vision, articulating its mission, gathering resources, and coordinating personnel.” Redeemer trustees sign a ministry covenant agreeing to “introduce, invite, and encourage” others to support the seminary. They pray, share their wisdom, communicate the vision wit...

Turbo-Powered Finance

Your finance team can accelerate ministry!

When I evaluate people for openings on my team, I place a premium on character.

“Wow! I am not used to that kind of acceleration and power … ,” I muttered to myself in my empty rental car on a recent business trip. My “sports car” rental provided a much different driving experience than my four-cylinder economy car back home. Normally, when I step on the gas in my...

Books to Consider

Great insights on Christian leadership, money matters, and more!


Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches
By Peter Greer and Chris Horst (Bethany House Publishers, 2014)

Too often, as Christian organizations grow, the gospel often becomes cursory, expendable, or even forgotten. Often, leaders have watched their ministries, businesses, and nonprofits professionalize, expand, a...

Clarity Amidst Cacophony

Getting noticed in a distracted world

It has been said by many that the age we’re living in right now could well be the most distracted in all of human history. Researchers say at minimum we are bombarded with 3,000 images per day. The problem is that we only notice half of what flashes before our eyes. Our brains have become increasingly numb to this massive infiltration of noise into our minds. We simply cannot process 3,000 visual “pop-ups” ...

Donors First

A new paradigm for maximizing fundraising

At the heart of major gift fundraising is a strong relationship with donors: growing relationships with existing donors and building relationships with new donors. Building a new relationship with a donor begins by gaining trust. Frequently the first barrier we face is an irrational fear from the donor that somehow we are going to “take” money from them that they don’t want to give. The single most chal...

Joyful Generosity

Poverty and the Grace of Giving

How does the generous heart grow?

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (2 Cor. 8:2)


In the book Creating Congregations of Generous People, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999), author Michael Durall identifies experiences needed to develop a spirit of generosity.



Measuring Impact

The secret of strong donor relationships

One of the greatest challenges for any donor is being a good steward over the funds that have been entrusted to them. At the Stoller Foundation, we receive numerous requests for funding and many are for praiseworthy projects. How do we narrow them down? How do we choose? I think the answer to that question is very similar for any donor — whether it is an individual giving $100, a church donating $10,000, or a founda...

Mission True

Hope International's Peter Greer on avoiding mission drift

CLA president and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Peter Greer, president and CEO of HOPE International.

Greer joined HOPE International in July 2004, following education and experience in the field of microfinance. He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College, and an M.P.P. with a concentration in political and economic development from Harvard’s Ken...

More Blessed

Why giving truly is better than getting

One of the most familiar texts in the Bible — that we remember from our childhood efforts to memorize key texts, and that has also taken on the air of an aphorism — is from Acts 20:35 in which Jesus is quoted as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” That statement engenders a variety of reactions, ranging from “You can’t be serious,” to “That doesn&rs...


Insights from Grey Matter Research

In the world of ministry fundraising, many assumptions are made about the perspectives and behavior of Christians, as though their charitable behavior is very different from non-Christians.

Christians do tend to behave differently than non-Christians in certain ways. For instance, Christians are more likely than others to pray, give money to a place of worship, have children, and be politically conservative.