The Stewardship Advocates Library
manage and develop their parishes and organizations.The materials are drawn from the teachings within the Church on organization
advancement and mission fulfillment and also from the professional world
of nonprofit development as adapted for use within the Orthodox tradition.
The leader inspires trust; the manager relies on control. The leader does the right thing; the manager does things right.
The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
The critical importance of planning is stated in the book of Proverbs 24:3, 6: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”
The bane of so many priests and executive directors! Take heart, authentic fundraising is deeply serious, often humorous and very effective pastoral work. We’ll show you how.
For a secularized community to become the Body and Bride of Christ requires vision, high-caliber leadership, capable management, adequate resources and broad knowledge of Orthodox teaching and the Orthodox way of life. It also requires a keen understanding and deft application of professional nonprofit development.
Learn the steps to identify, recruit, train, retain and manage volunteers. Avoid conflicts, misunderstandings and volunteer burn-out. Ramp up ministries and multiply programs of service.
Learn the fundamentals of effective communications. Improve both listening and speaking skills. Hear what people are not saying and effectively communicate what people don’t want to hear but need to hear.
Lead, manage and develop the projects and programs that have the power by the grace of God to transform your community.
Though perhaps odd to say it, Jesus demonstrated ideal envisioning. He perfectly understood what is the Kingdom of God and demonstrated this perfectly in His words, teaching, actions and servant leadership.