Capital Success

Center for Stewardship Leaders Shift Ministry Models

One of the assignments I give students in our Money & the Mission of the Church class invites them to imagine stewardship from scratch. I invite them — using the power of imagination — to consider what the “ideal” form of stewardship would be in a church they could invent in their mind’s eye. Where does the money go? How …

Tithed & Tired vs “Storied & Inspired”

Center for Stewardship Leaders Shift Ministry Models

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

Center for Stewardship Leaders Shift Ministry Models

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 …

Halloween Post: Is teaching kids about money too scary? – by Rev. Tim Coltvet

Faith+Lead Shift Ministry Models

This article was originally posted on 10/20/2011. If you didn’t catch it then, we hope you enjoy its message anew! Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra once unpacked the meaning of Christian practices. They write: “By Christian practices we mean things Christian people do together over time to address fundamental human needs in response to and in the light of …