Presbyterian Foundation

Online giving helps Ohio church support community

Jack Hemple grew up at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio. His parents were married there. He was baptized there. “I remember being there a lot as a kid,” Hemple said, adding that back then his mother loved to knit. “She was always knitting. She had a specific hat pattern that she used and she’d knit hats and give them to the church,” he remembered. But in the late 1980s, a lack of support caused the church to close.

How to start your church’s planned giving program

Many church leaders fear that emphasizing planned giving can damage the annual stewardship effort or an ongoing capital campaign. But in fact, the opposite is true, says Karl Mattison, Vice President of Planned Giving Resources for the Presbyterian Foundation.

Endowments can benefit churches for generations

In his session titled “Endowments 101” at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope gathering in San Diego last week, Stephen Keizer, Vice President of Ministry Relations at the Presbyterian Foundation, taught key concepts around church endowments including their inception, management and eventual use.

Count your blessings

Leaders of small churches sometimes spend so much time looking back at how things used to be that they don’t appreciate the blessings and assets their church still has, says Olanda Carr Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation.

New study details ‘intersection of philanthropy and faith’ in US

A new study by the Lake Institute was recently released that delves into how American congregations “receive, manage and spend” financial resources. Attendees at the annual Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference received a summary of these findings during the gathering’s opening plenary session, guided by Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.

Union Church in Seattle serves community through hospitality

Union Church in Seattle is “a church with a day job — a very involved day job,” says Scott Lumsden, Seattle Presbytery Co-Executive Presbyter. Stick around for a few days at 415 Westlake Avenue N. and you’ll see he’s right.