How Our Failure to Address the “M” Word Damages More Than Budgets

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In many churches about this time of year, stewardship teams kick into high gear composing stewardship communications. Pastors also start to search the internet for stewardship sermon ideas and illustrations. Well, I hope today’s post might help inform both those activities. In it, the Reverend Lisa Cressman suggests that avoiding money-talk hurts more than our budgets. Indeed, she argues that …

The Demand of Stewardship

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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 …

Stewarding Calls

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The newsletter kicks off the new year with a series of articles contemplating the leadership required for today’s church and world. Today, my friend and colleague at Luther Seminary, Terri Elton, introduces the series. From its very beginning, the church has struggled with what posture of leadership most faithfully serves God and also helps organize God’s people for faithful service. …

Breaking Our Hearts Open in the Midst of Discord

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In preparation for Thanksgiving Day last November, there were dozens of articles and interviews concerning the challenges of sharing a meal — a cordial meal — with relatives and friends holding wildly differing political views. We are now in the season of Easter, but that challenge remains. I’ve been wondering what it might have to do with stewardship and the …

From Generation to Generation

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At my last place of work, the college administration organized an informal mentorship program for all new faculty. I don’t remember all the details, but I do recall that the Dean promised to pay for coffee or lunch anytime new faculty members met with their faculty mentors. The program wasn’t perfect, but it at least indicated an awareness of the …

Pancakes

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What do pancakes have to do with stewardship? Nothing necessarily, but our writer Timothy Siburg this week explains how pancakes are actually an integral aspect of his family’s financial grounding.  I really appreciate how Timothy’s article helps stewardship leaders consider the complexities and location of giving decisions. Financial wellness — and all wellness, for that matter — starts close to …