Top 7 for 2017

Top 7 for 2017


Top 7 for 2017

                                                                      Do not try this at home.

Well, hello friends. And a Happy New Year to you too!  I am trusting that you had a great break and are rested and ready to face 2018. But, first things (or should it be last things?) first. Let’s take a trip down our 2017 memory lane and see if you can’t find a little inspiration as you begin your new stewardship/development year.

Based on the number of reads, here are the top seven “Inspiring Generosity” blog posts of 2017. They will be listed in reverse order to keep you in suspense…no peeking!
#7   Implementing the Square. The Square…meaning that people can give by credit card. This was part 2 of a 3 part series and got into the details of how to use the Square equipment and how to promote its use.
#6   Eclipse Reflections: Creating “Oooooh and Awe” Experiences. Remember that much publicized event in August? So do I. There are some things that you can do to recreate the feeling. So give it a try.
#5   Final Square Reflection and Tips. This was part 3 of the three part series. Seriously, implementing the Square wasn’t that hard and has been successfully used all year in our church.
#4   Your Website is More Important than You Think. Your website is your “front door.” Still got info on your website about Halloween? Your 2015 newsletter? Think of how someone who knows nothing about you will react to that.
#3   The Square: If I Can Do It, So Can You. This was the first of the three part series. It set the groundwork to make the leap into giving in the 21st Century. Its focus was on the equipment you need to get started.
#2   A $1,600,000 Gift. What Would You Do? Many of us dream about the day the money angel comes by and drops a humongous gift in our lap. But such a gift can also lead to some deep moral, theological, and spiritual discussions. That’s what happened at this church.
And, drum roll please. The top Inspiring Generosity blog post from 2017 is…
#1   A Thank You Letter that Says “Wow!”  That this is the #1 post tickles me to no end. And this is a fantastic way to start the new year.  Re-read this post and write a thank you letter now. Get your “attitude of gratitude” on and start or continue your habit of thanking people on a regular basis.
Well, friends – there you have it. 2017 all wrapped up, neat as a bow. I’m looking forward to 2018. But I need your help too. What would you like to see discussed this year? I’m thinking of a few things:
the implication of the new tax code (seriously),
the benefits of a narrative budget, and
how to start a website.
Shoot me an email or send me a message on Facebook and let me know what you’d like to see addressed in “Inspiring Generosity.” You’re my source of inspiration. Here’s to a fantastic 2018!
P.S. Don’t forget that Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy are coming to Tigard, Oregon -  February 10 from 9-3 - for the “Inspiring Generosity in Your Congregation” workshop. $50 includes lunch and their new book Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life. It’ll be great. Sign up here.

 Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. Her New Year’s resolutions? See more movies and figure out hip hop. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at or on Facebook at
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann

Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

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