But here’s the thing about this world. It doesn’t work unless everyone gets involved.
I know how easy it is to hear the call to get involved and get nervous. I know how easy it is because I do it. There is so much need in the world, what difference can I possibly make?
And it’s true: no one person can take on all of the need in the world. But everyone can.
Theology is a discipline that a lot of people dismiss out of hand. Those who think of religion as a problem that needs to be solved see it as a pseudo-discipline with no useful application other than rationalizing the delusions of the faithful. Others use the word ‘theology’ as a dismissive piece of rhetoric meaning something like ‘dogma’ or ‘fantasy’. As you can imagine, I disagree with assessments like those. I want to take some time here to explain what I think theology is and what kind of applications – both religious and secular – it has.
So this Labor Day, I hope that everyone enjoys their cook-outs and parades and time with their families and friends. I also hope that we will all take a minute to remember those who fought and died for this day off and all of the benefits and protections we have as workers. Finally, I hope that we will all take a minute to think about what we will do to make sure that we and others continue to enjoy those benefits and protections.
The natural question is how you make the transition from mere fundraising to development. Part of the answer is understanding the difference between annual giving, major giving, and planned giving, and how people relate to an organization through different kinds of giving.
There are many terms that get used to describe the kind of work that I do. Three of them – fundraising, stewardship, and development – are used more often than others. But these words really mean different things, and it’s important to know the difference between them.
This should be a short story. This is Jesus, after all. In the previous chapter he fed more than five thousand people with just five loaves and two fish; and when those people were done eating, there were twelve baskets of food left over. He walked on water. The crowd brought the sick to him and he healed them. Exorcising one demon from the daughter of this Canaanite woman should be easy. This should be a short story.
How can mission trips actually help change the world and grow our faith in today’s era? It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either. In this webinar, Chris Marlin-Warfield from Back Bay Mission will explore ways churches can connect powerful short-term missions to dynamic, long-term commitments to communities.