Five Years? Time to Celebrate!
6. Giving Out of Obligation (5/1/13) After this post I received a number of emails from people who disagreed with me. It must have struck a chord. I’ll stick with gratitude.
5. Reclaiming the Testimony (10/17/12) This post is about the importance of telling stories of impact in worship…backed up by science.
4. What the Church Can Learn about Storytelling from the Boss (11/28/12) Another early post just before I went to see Bruce Springsteen rock my world. Seeing him in concert should be on your bucket list. Oh, and listen to his stories too.
3. Please, No More Faith Budgets (10/28/15) Using my church as an example, this one seemed to resonate with a lot of you.
2. You are NOT a Cry Baby: The Power of Emotion (2/10/16) This advocates for – at least once in a while – letting emotion be a part of church. It’s kind of odd that you have to advocate for emotion in church, of all places.
1. “God is the Owner, I am the Ower” (4/3/13) This is my way of honoring the life of Gordon Cosby who headed Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. It was because of his leadership that I had my “aha” moment about generosity after repeating this liturgical line week after week while I worshipped there.
And then – just before we get back to eating ice cream - I’ll finish up the anniversary party with one more thank you to you, dear readers. Thank you for inspiring me with your comments, input, and fabulous examples of ways that you are helping others in your congregations and organizations to be generous people. In doing so, you are helping this world be a better one. What a gift. Here’s to the next five years!
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. She thinks there ought to be far more ice cream parties because, you can never have too many. 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 email@example.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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