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Why Does the Church Need Innovation?

Michael Binder explains how the church can benefit from innovation practices such as design thinking–not for its own sake, but to discover and follow where the Holy Spirit is leading. Put this learning into practice. Join us at the Faithful Innovation Summit, July 24-26, 2019 in Minneapolis.

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 …

When Enough is Enough

No greater theme has led stewardship talk in the past generation than that of “abundance vs. scarcity.” In today’s piece, David Loleng acknowledges the popularity of the trope while seeking to add complexity. How does abundance language implicate cultural themes of conspicuous consumption or prosperity gospel? As an alternative, David suggests a humbler frame for our stewardship themes: enough. Yours …