Why is their budget drive successful?

The blog Congregational Stewardship, produced by the UUA’s Congregational Stewardship Services staff group, currently features a two-part series titled “So Why is Their Budget Drive Always So Successful?” It’s a good primer or refresher on how to approach a stewardship event, whether it’s an annual fund drive or a capital campaign. The articles, by Bill Clontz, a UUA stewardship consultant, include the following advice: that stewardship is ministry, that the best campaigns are “continuous yearlong open discussions and references to resourcing our values,” and that people give not to “keep the lights on,” but to realize their values.

Other articles currently on the stewardship blog include one on a group of workers from the Unitarian Church in Harrisburg, Pa., that repairs houses, and another on “changing ourselves” before asking others to change.