Manual Good Steward Newsletter - June 2010

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The Farm Service Agency FSA administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand.

Woodland Owners Association of WV. Page 1 of 2 Start Prev 1 2 Next End. Forest Stewardship Program Menu. As such, the pastoral is a powerful expression of the stewardship message that the bishops' ad hoc committee wanted to convey to the Catholic people of the United States, who they described in as "citizens of a wealthy, powerful nation facing many questions about its identity and role in the waning years of a troubled century.

Archbishop Murphy took delight in the fact that this pastoral letter doesn't look like a traditional church document because of its simplicity. The archbishop was also intensely proud of the fact that "the stewardship pastoral, if you look at it carefully, only mentions finances twice in its entire 64 pages! A Disciple's Response is a pastoral and, in many ways, poetic expression of the vision that was at the core of Archbishop Murphy's stewardship message. It is not systematic theology, biblical study or even catechetical instruction.

The stewardship pastoral is a spiritual reflection on the way mature disciples are called to follow Jesus Christ without counting the cost. It's a reflection on the journey to holiness that is at the heart of Christian life. According to Archbishop Murphy, the pastoral letter is not what many people expected because "stewardship as we look at it and reflect on it goes beyond the mere sharing of financial gifts It asks us to do something that is far more difficult, and that is to share ourselves.

Murphy was given a rare gift. He could inspire others with his passion for stewardship -- "as something far more radical than fund raising A Disciple's Response , is his legacy! Archbishop Murphy taught that "stewardship invites us to assume a lifestyle of sharing, and in the divine economy, to discover the richness of finding God.

Most Reverend Thomas J. Murphy J une 26, , was the 13th anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Thomas J.

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We will be asked: December - 2 Corinthians 8 continued. Last month I shared my thoughts on the opening message of the 2nd Letter Chapter 8 of Paul to the Corinthians. This Christmas and End of the Year thoughts are about verses 10 and 11 in the letter. November - A Steward's Guidebook. We live in a time where there are a number of negative influences on the field of stewardship, giving, generosity, and philanthropy. Concerns like taxes, politics, economy, the church, and unemployment are all used to explain why giving is down, will be down, and that we shouldn't expect it to get better very soon.

October - The Special Events Season. I do not usually attend special events anymore. September - 20 Years in Review. This month I begin my 20th year as a consultant. I remember the first few months like yesterday. It was an exciting time of faith and watching God teach me many things. I sent out letters to everyone I knew letting them know I had started my own business. August - Preparing for the Fall Giving Season. Are you ready for the fall? Amidst all of the doom and gloom in the media about the downward trend in giving, I remain optimistic. July - Why Fundamentals.

If you have ever been in one of my classes, institutes, or workshops you know that I stress development fundamentals. It feels like I am showing my age when I get a little frustrated with all of the seminar and workshop titles that are so. June - The Development Bermuda Triangle. I get asked this question many times: Why is there such high turnover in the Director of Development position?

The Development Bermuda Triangle.

April - Stewardship as Discipleship. This past Sunday my pastor invited me to fill in teaching the message at our church as he was just returning from vacation. It is an honor for me to do so, and I was greatly humbled to be teaching God's Word. March - Journey of the Steward. February - Mergers and the New Organizations. I have provided counsel for a number of ministry mergers during my tenure as a consultant. I have seen more fail than succeed, but that will be another topic for another day.

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We hear of more mergers, by design, by necessity and sometimes survival. January - The Monthly Giver. As we start the New Year, I always encourage my clients to invite their faithful donors to join their monthly giving program. I will not go through the exact details of how to structure a monthly giving program in this eNewsletter, you can check out my book, The Monthly Partner to get the specifics. December - Christmas Attribute. November - The Steward and Thanksgiving.

A client recently asked me after I gave a rather compelling biblical argument for the ministry of development, OK, I thought it was compelling ,. October - Ministry of Development - 15 years! Please join with me as I thank God that my first book, The Ministry of Development has been serving the development profession for 15 years!

And now, a second edition, revised, updated and with new material from my doctoral dissertation on stewardship, is available. Needless to say it blew my mind! He is a wonderful writer that takes you on a journey that is informative and provocative. What can we learn? When you purchase the report you can also buy a number of options.

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I always purchase the powerpoint slides and use them in my training. This is the first year in many where gross dollars given to nonprofits has gone down 3. June - Where is Stewardship in our World? As Vice President-Academic Programs for International Steward, I am hoping to present stewardship curriculum to the attending schools from around the world. I love the technology, ease of use, and just plain coolness.

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I got the new iPhone 3GS because I knew my wife. A few weeks ago I met an expert in social media and he invited me to speak at his conference. March - How is Your Board Doing? Every development officer wishes their board would be involved in the development work of their nonprofit. But we all know this is not reality. If you are in a ministry, it is not uncommon to find board members who have been on the board many years and have never been involved in. February - Generosity - Learning to Analyze in a. As we have recently completed the giving season for most U.

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How did your donors support your cause this past September through December? Did you look only at total dollars given? Or just net income as compared to last year? January - - A Year of Stewardship Hope. As I reviewed a few articles from fall through , I was struck by the trend of the article focus. First they were mostly a call to alarm about the economy. Then it was a call to cut back, save, even hoard as the sky IS falling. November The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle.

I believe it is one of the most important articles written in many years. October Stewardship in the International Church. Having just returned from Kenya and the International Stewardship Symposium, I have the following impressions I would like to share with you. These are only those that I have been able to put into words at the moment, a mere 3 days after returning home and recovering from jet lag. September Stewardship Around the World.