The Envelope is Dead

I work in sales, and there are some sales experts out there that believe that because of the Internet, the practice of “cold calling” is dead.  I’m one of those believers, even though most sales experts say the best way to reach a person is by phone.  What’s the difference.  Seems like two completely different…

Gathering the Greater Community to Build Fellowship

Many parishes have festivals during the summer, and consider the festival to be their “big fundraising event”…even though it’s really not.  Even though it might raise significant dollars, the function of the festival is the same as the monthly spaghetti dinners and the weekly Fish Fries during Lent.  The secondary benefit is the generation of revenue; their main…

Being Good Stewards of the Funds Entrusted to Us

Last week, the topic of Stewardship in the “FIRES” framework completed the first cycle of five suggestions regarding those elements.  As you’ll recall, there will not be suggestions regarding “Initiation” in future postings, since the Catholic Church already has an excellent initiation process in RCIA, RCIC and Sacramental preparation classes for parents and children. This cycle, let’s…

The Difference Between Stewardship and Development

A Happy New Year to you and yours (a day early)!!  There are at least 3 new year celebrations throughout the year that most of us celebrate – the calendar new year, the Church’s new year (which begins on the First Sunday of Advent), while our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate their new year on…

A Look Back to Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

Last week we celebrated Trinity Sunday, and the previous week, Pentecost.  It’s the day when the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit so they could boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We’re all familiar with the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are iterative – that is, one leads to another,…

Revenue Management: It’s Not Just About Income and Expenses

In writing advancement articles for schools, administrators seem to take sides – is the faith-based school a business, or is it a ministry?  Recent articles have been written to say that it’s BOTH – just as Jesus was both true God and true man. In the spirit of “Next Practices,” I suggest that it’s not…