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The Right Fit

Valley Faith UMC is driven by mission and a clear sense of purpose.

With two main goals propelling their mission forward, they are on track to providing a safe sanctuary for children and creating a space that is open to the community for various ministries. Valley Faith dreamed of a pilot after-school program for the second and third grade students at the neighboring school, which would not only help that group of students, but would also guide the church as they determined what other needs they could meet. Without additional space, this ministry could not happen.

 
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Melvin Amerson’s - Closing the Holes in Your Pockets

This week we have provided an overview of some of the #stewardship resources Melvin Amerson has written for the #UMC. Melvin has written multiple books and countless articles that discuss generosity and discipleship. This is one of our favs! If you missed it, check it out! #linkinbio #giving #generosity #UMDF #stewardship #priorities

 
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Helping Our Children Become Worshipful Givers

More words of #stweardship #wisdom from Melvin Amerson: "There must be intentionality in integrating our younger members into worship and in creating worship through giving. This can be done in a way that helps children understand that giving is an act of worship." Read his full message - #linkinbio

 
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Simple Suggestions to Increase Giving

Melvin Amerson's work on #stewardship and #generosity has been our focus for the last couple of days and we are loving his #wisdom in this area. Today, our very own Maggie Johnson created the social media post and the webpage where this piece will live! Thanks for being awesome, Maggie! Check out Melvin's tips to increase #giving - #linkinbio #UMC #offering#UMDF

 
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A Billboard Sized Vision

Today, our summer intern Philip Moffatt created our social media post and the website page where Melvin Amerson's latest #stewardship piece will live. Thanks for being an awesome #intern! 🎉 Y'all, go read about billboard sized visions: #linkinbio #giving #vision #generosity #UMC #UMDF

 
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Closing the Holes in Your Pockets

 

For the next few days, we are sharing the #stewardship and #generositywisdom of Melvin Amerson. Next up - "Closing the Holes in Your Pockets." Check it out! #linkinbio #UMC #UMDF

 
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Preparing for the Summer Offering Drought

Summers are hot. Vacations abound 🏖. Church attendance, however, is often low and the offering is typically even lower. Check out some summer #stewardship tips from Melvin Amerson, a real-life generosity expert, to help your church beat a summer stewardship drought! #linkinbio #generosity #giving #UMC #UMDF

 
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Giving to Foundations Declined

 

Wow, giving to foundations declined substantially in 2018! Foundations across the country do incredible work to support their communities. How are you supporting your local foundations? #linkinbio to check out local #UMC foundations. #giving#generosity #philanthropy #UMDF

 
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Single women give more than single men

 

This trend may not be surprising to most folks - single women donate more than single men. How are you encouraging the singles in your church to be generous? #generosity #giving #churchgiving #UMDF #UMC

 
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Impact investing Trends

 

Big shout out to the generosity of #Millennials and #GenXers! Impact investing is growing in popularity and is already a well adopted practice for higher net worth Millennials and Gen Xers. The Giving USA 2019 report says 75% of donors in this demographic, who have given at least $10,000 to charity, have made an impact investment. For older donors in the same category, that # is just 33%. How can you apply this data to your ministry setting? What does this tell you about Millennials and Gen Xers? #generosity #impactinvesting #UMDF #UMC #investing

 
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Charitable Bequests

 

Did you know only 5% of estates leave a charitable bequest, on average, each year? That's a lot of room for growth! Are you asking people to consider remembering your ministry or church in their will? If you would like to do that, but aren't sure where to start, many local foundations will guide you through this process. Also, donors who put your church in their will are more likely to give during their lifetimes, so start these vital conversations to support the work of your church! Check out this list of #UMCfoundations across the country #linkinbio #giving #philanthropy #estategifts #estateplanning #UMDF #generosity

 
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Giving to Religious Organizations

 

The Giving USA 2019 report is a wealth of information. Sadly, some of the trends are not positive. Giving towards religious organizations decreased for the first time in 7 years. The decline was only 1.5% in current $, but that is nearly a 4% decline when you factor in inflation!
How is your church or ministry using data from this report and others to think strategically about stewardship and giving? #philanthropy #giving #churchgiving #UMC #UMDF #mission

 
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Online Giving

Online Giving Trends from the Giving USA 2019 report - Are you offering online giving options? You should be. Online giving grew for religious organizations in 2018. Online gifts to religious organizations were larger than online gifts overall, with an average gift of $195 to religious organizations; online gifts to religious organizations also grew at a faster rate than overall online giving, with nearly 3% growth. How are you using this data to support your church or ministry? #philanthropy #giving #churchgiving #onlinegiving #UMDF #UMC

 
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FAQ

Have questions about #UMDF? We've got answers! Check out our FAQs about investing. #linkinbio #UMC #investing #impactinvesting #sociallyresponsibleinvesting

 
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Building Resources Guide

 

Are you thinking about building? Do you want the most jam-packed resource document in the #UMDF library? Then you need the Building Resources Guide! This guide is packed full of useful information - church check lists, sample documents for district boards of church location and building, planning information, and more! #linkinbio #UMC #building #churchloans #loans

 
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Resource Spotlight - Bulletin Inserts and Rate Sheets!

 

#UMDF has bulletin inserts and investment flyers with a short story of impact, investment rates, and contact information. These are easy resources to share to learn more about how investing with UMDF makes a difference! #linkinbio #investing #impactinvesting #sociallyresponsibleinvesting

 
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God-Sized Dreams

 

Community UMC in Irwin, Pennsylvania would seem like the perfect candidate for a loan. The congregation has a strong commitment to giving, low debt, and they were able to pay off their last loan 9 years early! Yet, when it was time to complete their second building phase, they struggled to find a commercial lender that would allow them to live into the God-sized dream they had.

They envisioned a $10 million building and renovation project to do what God had called them to do. Local lenders seemed to want them to dream on a smaller scale, but the church knew these projects would enhance their ability to serve their mission field.