End of Year Giving

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I wanted to share a few thoughts on end of year giving to make it simple and easy for your parishioners.

Stewardship: Time and Talent

One of the most common responses to our survey question “What would allow you to volunteer more at the parish” is a write-in: “If someone called me back.” UGH, doesn’t that just hit you right in the middle of the chest. Sometimes people don’t get a call or email back to signing up because they’ve written illegibly and although we tried, we didn’t succeed. Sometimes they never responded to our emails or voicemails – communication is a two-way street.

Building Relationships

The Fall is typically full for our offertory programs at OSV. Parishes are asking their parishioners to renew and update their commitment to supporting the parish through the Sunday Offertory. One of my co-workers who is very passionate about this solution shared this article with our team a few weeks ago. The old, tried and true, way of simply sending a packet of envelopes to each house and meeting budget isn’t working anymore. It’s more than that.

Scripture Reflection on Generosity

A co-worker once had a sign in her office that said, “Don’t get too busy doing the Lord’s work that you forget about the Lord.” It always struck me as important when I considered what my week looked like as a youth minister. Was I focused on MY to-do list, MY will, and MY plans? Or was I embracing where the Lord had me to do His work? How do we know His work? We ask Him, we read His word, and we follow His will. Take some time at the beginning of this year to reflect on how the Lord is calling us to be generous!

Fostering Prayer in Lent

I know no one wants to think about it, but it’s almost here, again. As I write this post on the final day of January, an entire month (albeit the shortest one) and a short week are all that’s between me and Ash Wednesday. There is no shortage of articles online about what people can…

3 (New) Ways to Ask in 2019

As St. Teresa of Avila says, “You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.” We all have great things to ask in prayer for ourselves, our families, and our communities. How can we unite ourselves together in prayer in 2019?

Millennials & Stewardship (pt 2)

In a previous post (August 2017), we discussed two of the four pillars of Stewardship (Hospitality and Formation) as they relate to Millennials with some Do’s and Don’t’s. Today we will discuss the other two pillars of Stewardship: Prayer and Service Remember: Millennials make up more than 75 million Americans and most people think they…

Millennials & Stewardship (pt 1)

​The Do’s & Don’ts of Stewardship for Millennials What do Stewardship & Millennials have in common? They are extremely misunderstood. Most people think (and unfortunately many parishes teach) that Stewardship is all about money because they focus on the Stewardship of Treasure drive at the parish. We know that a Stewardship Parish does not center…