Top Tips for Connecting With Your Supporters This Christmas

By Fiona Mearns | 9 November 2016

Top tips for connecting with supporters this Christmas

Christmas is coming, and whether or not you’re the sort of person who has everything organised and check-listed to within an inch of its life, Christmas is a God-given opportunity in countless ways.

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One Couple's Generous Journey

By Ruth Leigh | 14 September 2016

One couple's generous journey - a stewardship blog

Suffolk-based Jane and Alan Hutt were leading a comfortable life with secure jobs. Life was settled: they attended a village church and had a strong Christian faith. Their three children were starting out on their own adult lives: one about to start teacher training; one ready to graduate and the youngest about to embark on his university career. The easiest thing in the world would have been to stay put. But in 2013, everything changed when they answered God’s call to move to Nakuru in Kenya and found the Beehive, a home for child mothers and their babies.

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The Cost of Change: How Brexit Might Impact Christian Worker Finances

By Fiona Mearns | 7 September 2016

The cost of change - Brexit and Christian Worker Finances

As if we weren’t already aware of it, the last few weeks have underlined the fact that nothing on Earth is certain.  The ripple effects of the Brexit vote continue to play out but we have already seen a fairly dramatic effect on currency exchange rates.  Since 24 June, the value of Sterling has dropped against many currencies creating as much as a 15% reduction in the exchange value of donations from supporters for some Christian Workers based abroad.  The suddenness of the fall has created a problem for some who are finding their incomes being cut while bills and general living costs in their country of residence remain the same.

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Holidays for missionaries: luxury or necessity?

By Fiona Mearns | 6 September 2016

Holidays: luxury or necessity? - A Stewardship blog

As I write this, the summer holiday season is coming to an end, and the resorts, camps and festivals are winding down for the winter.  For some, holidaying involves passports and foreign currency, for others it’s camping equipment and windbreaks.  Summertime, and particularly the school holidays, seems to exert a call to holiday as strong as the need for the swallows to migrate north in May. 

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Missionaries: How to Talk to Potential Supporters

By Fiona Mearns | 16 June 2016 | Comments (2)

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Picture the scene – you’ve been invited to speak to a group about your work.  It’s gone well and there has been lively discussion and prayer.  Then over coffee one person approaches you and tentatively suggests they might like to support you in your work.  Your first instinct may be to clasp them in a bear hug weeping tears of relief or there may be an embarrassing pause as you try to suppress a look of complete shock.  So what might in fact be a helpful response?

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Christian Workers: 5 questions to ask yourself at the start of each year

By Joe Biggs | 16 February 2016

Christian Workers: 5 questions to ask at the start of a new year

At the end of the year we posed five ‘awkward’ questions to challenge you on your personal approach to your work.  Now that 2016 is well underway, we thought it might be good to shift the focus forward with five questions to help you look to the future.  

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A Great Church Needs Great Trustees

By Alan Hough | 26 January 2016 | Comments (1)

A great church needs great trustees

A good church is made up of a number of ingredients, but a key one—often overlooked—is the need for good trustees.  Good trusteeship is much more than a legal requirement or title and more than a ‘rubber stamp’ for decisions taken elsewhere.

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Christian Workers: 5 questions to ask yourself at the end of each year

By Fiona Mearns | 15 December 2015 | Comments (3)

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There are some questions that only a very good friend will ask you – the kind of awkward, put-your-finger-right-on-the-sore-spot, kind of questions that no-one else will ask you.  We’ve come up with our top five ‘awkward’ questions to get you thinking about your personal approach to your work.  Call it an end of year review...

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Setting the bar too low?

By Fiona Mearns | 20 October 2015 | Comments (1)

Are you setting the bar too low? - a Stewardship blog

There’s a little-known and yet vital part of setting up a recipient account with Stewardship.  It’s not a secret and yet sometimes it would appear that it might as well be. Time and again we’re surprised at how few Christian Workers are aware of it and how it can help them.

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how to lose supporters without even trying

By Mike Frith | 16 August 2015

Missionaries: how to lose supporters without even trying

There are several ways to lose supporters (probably more if you try hard enough) but from our experience the no.1 danger area is relationship.

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