When I visit a church to guest preach or teach, I have a conversation with the host pastor beforehand. One of the questions I ask is, “What do your people worry about?” Almost every community I visit worries about money.  Big churches, little churches, in every denomination and tradition, churches worry about having sufficient financial resources to support their ministries. We can all use some support in creating a culture of generosity in our communities.

And so, we’re bringing to Massachusetts a new resource to support you and your congregation. The Massachusetts Council of Churches is thrilled to partner with the Indiana University’s Lake Institute on Faith and Giving to offer an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.  I’ve taken this course, and it is by far the most comprehensive and theologically grounded resource in stewardship and fundraising I’ve experienced. The Massachusetts Council of Churches exists to make the vibrant Church visible. We want your local church to be vibrant!  So if you need some additional support in raising funds and changing culture, this is the course for you. We are also thrilled to partner with our new neighbors at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston to serve as the site for this week-long course. This is the only time this course will be offered in Massachusetts in 2018. Registration is capped at 20 people, so if you are interested, please register quickly.

At every denominational meeting and in every church I visit, I see how hard you all are working to faithfully serve Jesus and your neighbor. We bring you this resource with the intention of supporting the good work that God has already begun in you.

With hope,

Rev. Laura

In This Issue

Rev. Laura's Visitation Schedule 

May 24

July 15

October 15-18

Save the Date!  
October 19, 2018
Annual Meeting

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Thank you, Donors!

May 20: First Church of Deerfield (Preaching and Blessing of the Bicycles!

June 24: UCC Norwell
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As you know, we have moved!  Please update your records with our new address:

138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Save the Date! 

The Annual Meeting and Advisory Board Meeting of the Massachusetts Council of Churches will be held on Friday, October 19, from 3:30-7:30 PM.  Mark your calendar!
Thank you, Donors!

The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible! If you are grateful for the work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, please make a financial commitment so that we might continue to be a critical coordinating force for good, and a common Christian witness.  

Thursday, May 24, 8-9 PM

What could a more supportive network for bi-vocational/part-time ministry look like? The Massachusetts Council of Churches is designing a grant proposal to support the flourishing of pastors who are bi-voccational, part-time in a parish and/or work outside of the church for supplemental income. This online chat is designed specifically for pastors serving in this way. We'll share some of our proposal and are curious to hear your feedback.


The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) has been awarded a $1.5 million five-year grant from the Lilly Endowment to create an innovation hub to foster creative vocational reflection in congregations today. 

Up to 20 New England congregations will be accepted to participate in the hub, which we hope will become a collaborative, generative, and contemplative space for reflection and creative action. Participation in the hub will involve two full-day gatherings for congregational teams at Boston University and monthly smaller group cluster conversations around shared interests.
Applications are due Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Additional information about the project can be found at the grant website.
Can fundraising be spiritual?  

Is there a way I can engage in fundraising for my church or faith-based institution without feeling "icky"?

Are fundraising practices from the business sector applicable to my organization, or is there something unique about raising money for churches and faith-based organizations?

If you've ever wondered about these questions, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising is just what you need!  We are excited to partner with our friends at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving to bring ECRF to Boston this fall!

October 15-18, 2018
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Registration is now open for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving's Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising Course, offered this fall in Boston hosted by the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

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