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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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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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Jun. 13, 2017

Stewardship in Times of Transition

As the old saying goes, “change is the only constant.” In today’s post, Angela Denker considers what change has to do with stewardship. On one hand, stewardship always implies change — of giving, of accomplishing mission, of work together. On the other hand, though, stewardship is about constants, the grace of Jesus Christ and his call upon on lives. With
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Feb. 28, 2017

Rethinking Mission Giving

One of the recurring congregational stewardship questions concerns the best way to deal with what’s often called “mission giving,” or the part of a congregation’s budget specifically designated for service, mission, and non-profits beyond the congregation’s walls. In a sea of worthy causes, how does a congregation discern where to direct their dollars? What’s the right percentage of budget allocation
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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