Stewardship of our congregation’s life requires regular attention to areas that are not so exciting, but help our communities of faith steward the Gospel effectively. So if you are looking for places to do some routine maintenance so that your community of faith keeps moving along here are a few with links to get more help. These are simple steps that will help….
Finances – If you have not taken time to look at your financial controls and procedures. I encourage you to do so. Here is a helpful link for your Finance Committee or Treasurer to use to get this work moving forward.
- Finance for Congregations
Resources for congregational treasurers & bookkeepers
“Church Renewal Requires Property Renewal” – This was the name of an article on property that showed up in a blog I follow. We often spend too much energy on buildings in our missional planning, but the author makes some fine points. I will add one, if you have prints on your walls that have faded from the color twenty years ago to a mild green version, please find new versions of the print to put in the frame. Young families and guests will notice the faded artwork and wonder if the congregation is fading away as well. Christ in Cottonwood is a great example of new art serving the mission of their congregation. I know I am overly aware of art since I am married to an artist, but the mix of art and design at Christ in Cottonwood says this congregation is alive and in touch with people of this time.
- Church Renewal Requires Property Renewal
by Gerald W. Keucher
Constitutional Hygiene – I know it is as much fun as having your teeth cleaned, but there is a reason you have your teeth cleaned and a reason constitutions should be updated. Contact Pr. Andrea on our staff if you need help or call the office (507-637-3904) to connect with a member of the Policies and Procedure Committee of your synod council. Here is a link to help you get started from the ELCA page. The link also shares other information that might help you in your planning as well.
- Congregation Administration
Here you will find tools to assist you.