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Jan. 09, 2018

The Demand of Stewardship

Stewardship calls us to share. Sure, there’s the money part of sharing, but really, stewardship is much more than that — sharing our spiritual gifts, our time, our listening ear, our very selves with others. When stewardship is working well it becomes cycle of sharing, one person touched by God’s action in their life inspires another, and on and on
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Sep. 19, 2017

Speaking of Generosity

The question of language comes up a lot in stewardship circles. I think the search for the right words suggests our discomfort with the present realities of stewardship in congregations. Words matter, and it’s hard to find the right words that connect us to deep, meaningful realities of money, God, and giving. In today’s post, stewardship leader Karen Johnson Kretschmann
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Sep. 05, 2017

Anxious Stewardship

As fall stewardship season gets close, many church leaders approach the conversation about money, budgets, and mission with anxiety. This emotion is a reality we must face, certainly, but an unfortunate one. In today’s post, Heather Wood Davis connects this anxiety with broader cultural realities. How can our congregations shift our stewardship ministry so the first emotion isn’t anxiety? In
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Jul. 11, 2017

Extreme Heat

Stewardship, like much of ministry, quickly pushes congregations back to mission and vision. It causes us to ask questions like: What is the Spirit up to in this place? Where are hearts committed? What must we stop to make room to start a new ministry? And then, once a mission is discerned, how is that communicated to the congregation? Today’s
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Feb. 21, 2017

Doing Your Homework

Remember that old game called “telephone?” You gather with a group in a big circle and you whisper a message to the person beside you, who quietly passes that same message along to the next person and so on. The fun, though, is that by the time the message has come back to the beginning, it’s rarely anywhere close to
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Feb. 07, 2017

Subversive Generosity

I recently came across a stewardship angle totally new to me. That’s a bit strange, though, because it’s in quite an old book. Back in 1954, Jacques Ellul wrote that with our wealth, Christians are called to announce the truth about God. We must use money, Ellul wrote, as a means through which we testify to the truth — about
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Dec. 13, 2016

A Gift

How’s your Christmas shopping going? My list is still longer than I’d prefer. Today’s writer tells the story of an unexpected gift in her life, and how it’s shaped her ministry and view of God’s provision. In fact, this season of gift giving is a great time to reflect on the surprising gifts we’ve received in our lives. Maybe it’s
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Aug. 23, 2016

Transformational Living…and Giving

In one of the final assignments for this summer’s Money and Mission of the Church course, I asked students to make a Top Ten list of stewardship takeaways from the semester. While students certainly spoke about ways to ask for funds, most of the lists began and ended with theology. Like Erin Weber-Johnson’s essay today, students emphasized God’s creation and
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Jul. 12, 2016

How to Give? However You Can

Before our July 4 recess, Rev. Dr. Katie Hays shared why people in her new congregation, Galileo Church, give. This week, Katie explains how they give. I love the image of offering baskets filling up with the multi-colored cards described below. “Everybody has something to give,” they say often at Galileo Church. Amen! I’m also impressed by the number of
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Feb. 19, 2016

Celebration and Significance: The Gifts of Stewardship

There’s many ways to respond when faced with planning an annual stewardship campaign. Many leaders try avoidance. Others tepidly move forward. But there’s another way. As you will read below, pastor Christopher Henry embraces the moment. And for good reason because God is working in his congregation, and his ministry welcomes the opportunity to celebrate and prioritize. I met Chris