Encourage Donations and Raise Church Funds

One of the major hurdles for anyone involved with the management and maintenance of a local church is money. We can’t escape the need to spend if we want to keep things running as they should, but budgets are often stretched thinly within the church, especially in areas where support and interest is harder to come by than it used to be. However, a proactive approach and some creative thinking can unearth new and exciting ways of raising funds for the all-important upkeep of your church. Here are some ideas to consider.

Don’t ignore online marketing

To start this list, we must advise anyone tasked with modernising a church to consider the benefits of spreading the word online. The Internet is a great opportunity in so many respects, but still ignored by many in such a position. For example, websites that encourage users to swap unwanted items or gifts and trade services for goods are one of the latest trends, following in the footsteps of auction and giveaway sites before them. You could use these bartering websites (which don’t require the exchange of actual cash) to trade in outdated supplies and furnishings from your church, and even offer the time and services of local parishioners who are willing to volunteer their time in exchange for resources the church needs. This is just one example of using online resources creatively.…

Church Leaders Discuss the Impact of Brexit Vote

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Now that the dust has finally begun to settle following the political and economic fallout of the EU referendum outcome, many people across the continent and further afield may be contemplating the possible impact of Brexit on the future of the Church. As time goes on, we think it is important to understand these potential implications, keep a close eye on developing situations, and continue to keep all of the Europe in our prayers.

At first, the instinct of many Christians may be reflected in the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols: “We pray that in this process, the most vulnerable will be supported and protected”. He said this in the hours that followed the announcement that British voters had favoured the option to leave rather than to remain a member of the European Union. He went on to describe the need for all countries to welcome those less fortunate than themselves and offer what we can.

Whatever the reasons individuals may have had for voting the way they did, these are important words to remember. Even since these words were spoken just weeks ago, a shocking number of violent public attacks across Europe have claimed dozens of lives, and many of these incidents have been linked either directly or indirectly to increasing hostility and fear among citizens across the continent. Ideas of independence, national pride and indeed faith itself have all been the subject of much debate this year, and we can expect this to continue through this period of global political turmoil.…