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May. 01, 2018

Stewardship 101: An Invitation to Financial Stewardship

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
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Apr. 10, 2018

Stewardship for the Scattering

It’s always fun to describe my job to people who have no connection to the Christian faith. They have heard the word, “stewardship,” of course, but not exactly in the way the church uses it. Sometimes, though, I wonder if their first impressions might be healthier than many impressions of stewardship in the church. Today’s newsletter article by Dwight DuBois
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Mar. 20, 2018

Presuming a Middle Class Church?

This semester I’m teaching a class called, “Starting New Missional Ministries,” a course on new church development and the redevelopment of struggling congregations. We read scripture (Acts particularly) and the latest missional church literature. We also have class visitors who are beginning congregations themselves. And, wouldn’t you know, the topic of money and finances comes up nearly every class period.
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Mar. 13, 2018

Finding Forward

When you were growing up who invested in you? I can think of many adults — coaches, teachers, neighbors — but, the strongest folks who come to mind had some connection with the church. In today’s article, Nancy Lee Gauche considers what these sorts of investments mean for children and youth. And, given their impact, Nancy Lee wonders how we
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Jan. 30, 2018

From Objectification to Embodied Stewardship

Not many have a personal stewardship journey quite as juxtaposed as our writer this week, Sarah Renfro. In today’s column she describes her journey from professional model to pastor, and where stewardship played a role. In the end, Sarah argues for an embodied stewardship that we all would do well to embrace. Yours truly, Adam Copeland, Center for Stewardship Leaders 
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Jan. 16, 2018

Stewardship of Community

I was recently approached by a congregation looking for advice on advertising. You see, they wanted more people to attend their church and give money to their budget. So, they figured, I might have some insight about the places young families went on the internet to search for information about churches. I ended up having a great conversation with the
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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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Dec. 05, 2017

How will your congregation’s value be assessed?

Years ago, I was having coffee at a café in the shadow of a large, historic congregation. I struck up a conversation with the barista who eventually asked what I was doing in the neighborhood. I explained I was meeting the pastor of the church next door. “Oh, really?” she replied, “I had no idea they were still open.” I
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Nov. 28, 2017

Voice

Scrolling through my Facebook feed last week, I saw a short video of a lion cub learning to roar. In its very cute, yet powerful way, the cub was discovering the potential majesty hidden in its vocal chords. This week’s newsletter is about voice and stewardship. Pastor Sarah Renfro, whom I met at a stewardship conference, shares her wisdom on
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Nov. 07, 2017

Eating Our Values

Fall brings its own sets of tasks for Minnesotans — raking leaves, storing the lawn mower, getting that trusty snow shovel ready once again. It can also be a time to consider the bounty of the summer. In today’s post, Lee Ann Pomrenke reflects on her recent experience being a part of a CSA. As her post suggests, stewardship includes