Squeezed

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I recently read — get this — a non-churchy book! Before I got too impressed with myself, though, I soon realized the book has everything to do with stewardship in Christian communities. Below you’ll find my review of Alissa Quart’s new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America. As you’ll see, in many ways it’s a tough read, but …

Review: “Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries”

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This week, Alex Benson reviews a helpful stewardship book that works to step back from traditional stewardship frameworks to engage congregational development holistically. In Holy Currencies, Eric Law suggests a sort of program for sustainable mission, and a way to approach broadening that mission. I hope you find the review — and, if it seems like a fit for your …

Stewardship 101: An Invitation to Financial Stewardship

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The Center for Stewardship Leaders has an exciting announcement for you this week! For several months, we’ve been hard at work curating a new stewardship resource that we hope will be a helpful addition to your stewardship library. We pray that it serves as an insightful conversation partner with your congregation, your community, and perhaps even your family. See below …

Kitchen Table Giving

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Few names are more closely associated with faith-related generosity than that of the Reverend William G. Enright, Founding Karen Lake Buttrey Director Emeritus of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and former senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. I was lucky enough to sit at Bill’s feet in one of his final opportunities teaching the Lake Institute’s …

Preaching and Stewardship

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Fall is busy time for stewardship leaders, and my guest preaching schedule is quite full. While I love to preach about stewardship topics around the church, I’m also aware when I do so of the danger of passing the buck. Preaching on stewardship is a powerful opportunity for local pastors to share the gospel and invite God’s members to join …

Stewardship of the Body

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I recently attended a large worship conference hosted by a mainline denomination. The liturgy and music was creative, though also on the “traditional” side of the worship spectrum. On the final night of the conference, we sang the hymn, “How Great Thou Art” with 800+ other worshippers. My seat was in the back, so I could hear the gorgeous harmony …

The Gift of Mind

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Our series exploring the new book, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holisitic Approach to Stewardship continues this week with the stewardship of mind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually think of my mind as something to steward. But our writer, Neal Presa, makes a compelling case that for Christians, stewarding our mind must be part and parcel …

Can the Church Steward Work?

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Just like the word “stewardship,” “vocation” is one of those words we often throw around the church without stopping to consider its implications. Sure, our work can be holy, but what does that mean for those in positions the church mostly ignores? Plus, what if my work doesn’t seem Christian at all? This week, as part of our Beyond the …

Stewardship of Time

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Our newsletter series on my new book, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship, launches today. First up is writer and pastor, MaryAnn McKibben Dana on the topic, “Stewardship of Time.” In our culture of busyness and endless to-do lists, what does a Christian approach to stewarding time look like? MaryAnn suggests a Christian view invites us to …

Introducing: “Beyond the Offering Plate”

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Today marks the official release date of a new stewardship book edited by yours truly! Titled, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship, in ten approachable chapters written by seminary professors, engaged pastors, and church leaders, the book aims to expand our notion of — and approaches to — holistic stewardship. For the next several weeks, this newsletter …

More Than Enough

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The phrase, “more than enough,” has begun to take root in church stewardship circles. Perhaps it’s a helpful reframing of “abundance” language. Additionally, it’s the title of a new book by Lee Hull Moses reviewed this week by the Center for Stewardship Leaders’ own Alex Benson.  I commend it to the church. Yours truly, Adam Copeland, Center for Stewardship Leaders …

New Stewardship Book by Walter Brueggemann

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The church leader looking for books on stewardship faces a rich supply of options. Recent publications tend to emphasize themes of year-round stewardship, embracing the virtue of generosity, and issuing calls to re-examine our relationship with money. With only a few exceptions, though, the field often lacks much sophistical biblical study. Late last year, scholar Walter Brueggemann filled the gap …

Generosity For You, Not From You

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A lot of stewardship books find their way to my desk and then, if I’m honest, to an ever-growing stack beside it. In this week’s newsletter, I reflect on one of those books that rose to the top, Contagious Generosity, which serves as a fine example of a particular aspect of stewardship teaching these days. Next week, we’ll hear from …

A Theology for Christian Stewardship

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“From the doctrine of creation we derive the concepts of God’s sovereignty and our trusteeship and responsibility. From the doctrine of redemption we derive our insight into the grace which restores sinners into fellowship with God and awakens the gratitude, joy and love which motivates us to give our lives to our Redeemer. From the doctrine of sanctification we derive …