Prayers for those who face difficult and hard desisions

Sometime in our lives we are faced with difficult and seemly impossible decisions about health care, jobs, home, families, finances and so much more.  In the last few weeks I have seen on social media, or received a phone call, or an email or in a conversation a request for prayers in times of difficult […]

Stewardship Ideas brought to you by Phil

Stewardship ideas brought to you by Phil. My friend Phil is very ill and in need of our prayers. Phil was part of our Stewardship Development Team that designed a multi-presbytery, Southeast PA,   training for congregational stewardship teams. My stewardship blog today is in honor of my friend Phil. These are two of Phil’s stewardship […]

The Art of Ministry

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good. Registration and […]

Stewardship Tools

I am working on the Stewardship theme again this week. A few years ago, some colleagues and I developed a 3 or 4 half day training event for stewardship teams and pastors.  What we learned from our program is that teams and pastors need tools for developing their year-round stewardship programs. As you begin the […]

Prayers for Hildale Park Presbyterian Church

We all have markers along our journey where we stop, pause, reflect and often celebrate.  This weekend Hildale Park Presbyterian Church will be celebrating one of those important markers of their journey – 100 years of Ministry. Let us remember in prayer Hildale Park Presbyterian Church, Cedar Knolls, NJ as they celebrate the years of […]

Pray for Mission Trips

Let us remember in prayer this week for all the young people, church members, and leaders who will be embarking on a Mission Trip or project this summer.  Many will travel to other locations in our country and some may even be traveling to other countries.  The mission trip or project connects people in different […]

Stewardship and Thank you Notes

This week I received a handwritten thank you note from a 24-year-old male. His note thanked us for inviting him to our son’s wedding and including him in the celebration. Wow. I was impressed and thankful for the kind note. I would like to think we are thankful for so much that we have and […]

Praying for Summer Camp

School is out! Which means time for camp. Let us remember in prayer this week the beginning of campers heading off to Camp Johnsonburg. For many we remember Church camp as the place where we could run around, make friends, hike, swim and learn about God. Many former campers share that camp was the place […]

Financial Health Assessment

Last week I wrote about the time is now to start planning your fall financial campaign.  This week I want to bring your attention to a tool provided by the Presbyterian Foundation. As you plan your church’s financial future take advantage of tools and resources from the Presbyterian Foundation. Your Ministry’s Financial Health Assessment Where […]

Don’t wait – Plan Now

Just recently I made a stewardship presentation to one our congregations. The conversation covered many broad areas of stewardship. One area I strongly emphasized to them was “don’t wait until September- October to start planning the fall stewardship”.  Now is the time to be thinking about and planning for your fall stewardship. Actually, there should […]