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A New Digital Home for Stewardship

In case you missed it, in the previous post, Adam Copeland shared that he’s moving on from the Center for Stewardship Leaders in order to pursue a new vocation. It has been a great privilege to serve as editor for the Center for Stewardship Leaders newsletter the past four years. The ministry of stewardship leadership is an essential calling for …

Unwrapping the Annual Campaign

The annual stewardship appeal ripples through many congregations in the fall, but the planning should begin much earlier. In today’s post, my colleague Catherine Malotky shares some of her congregation’s takeaways from last year’s campaign. It’s not too early — in fact, it’s the perfect time now — to start thinking about your approach to stewardship this fall. Yours truly, …

No More Junk Mail

Stewardship ministry is about big, conceptual, theological challenges. And, it’s also be about smaller, tactical, practical choices. In today’s newsletter I consider how quarterly giving statements might function as inspiration, and not just another piece of junk mail. Yours truly, Adam J. Copeland, Center for Stewardship Leaders  It took a few months, but I finally figured out what makes mailings …

Together For Good

As we tumble into the Easter season, we remember stories about how the disciples first banded together to relish and share news of the Resurrection, and can examine room for collaboration in our own ministry contexts. Individualism and even social media can reinforce the idea that we’re telling stories independently from each other, but sharing the Gospel and extending services remind us …

Seeds of Generosity

The assumption goes that congregation members can support the salaries of their leaders. But that’s not necessarily the case with prison ministries, college ministries, and ministries focused on people experiencing homelessness. In today’s post, campus ministry leader Rev. Sarah Hooker explains her approach to inviting members to support college ministry. As Sarah explains, the invitation to give has a catch. …

Pounding on the Pulpit

What if people were inspired by love at the thought of stewardship, instead of sighing with exasperation? After all, isn’t stewardship ultimately about God’s love for us and the ways we might respond in the world God loves? This week, Megan Torgerson reveals the concrete nature of that connection, saying love grounds our vocation — stewardship included. Yours truly, Adam …

Tithed & Tired vs “Storied & Inspired”

For many Christians, the word “stewardship” seems like a gilded demand for “tithing,” giving 10% of one’s income to a local congregation. It may surprise you, but I’m not really a fan of tithing. In addition to being biblically suspect, tithing lacks thoughtful practicality, given what we know about people’s varying giving levels. At last year’s Rethinking Stewardship conference, I …

Strategic Giving for Retirees

I’ve always found it fascinating that the season of Lent includes “tax season” as well. Might we use the liturgical time of self-reflection, penitence, and realignment to consider our relationship with money and giving? In today’s post, Dana Holt explores how a particular demographic — retirees over 70 ½ — may give from their retirement accounts directly to congregations. As …

Millenials! Am I right?

A healthy stewardship approach is taught by example, recognition, and constructive feedback – not shame and stereotypes. Yet even in the church, young people are often the punchline of jokes and complaints. So, this week, Rev. Anders Peterson does some myth-busting on what it means to be a Millenial. Being a Millienial church leader, myself — one who has taught Confirmation classes to …