Stewardship vs. Funding the Church — Part 2

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In the early 2000s, president George W. Bush used a particularly apt, catchy phrase in an education policy speech: “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Bush was making an argument for higher educational standards across the board, and not just for white, well-off students in “good” schools. I’m not sure what the stewardship version of that phrase would be, but …

Stewardship vs. Funding the Church — Part I

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In my course, “Starting New Missional Ministries” students have an assignment in which they respond to the prompt, “In a world of conflicting values, pluralistic leanings, and abundant choice, why does church matter?” Try it yourself. It’s a tough question, but an essential one for us — both individually and for our churches collectively. In a way, Steve Oelschlager’s post …

Kitchen Table Giving

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Few names are more closely associated with faith-related generosity than that of the Reverend William G. Enright, Founding Karen Lake Buttrey Director Emeritus of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and former senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. I was lucky enough to sit at Bill’s feet in one of his final opportunities teaching the Lake Institute’s …

Teaching Stewardship at a Young Age

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Stewardship doesn’t magically begin at age 18, or when one begins one’s first job, or upon graduation from college. In fact, in today’s post from Tammy Wilkinson, we find many ways stewardship can be embraced from early childhood onwards. I don’t remember the first time I thought about giving in church, and I think that’s Tammy’s point. It was in …

Teaching Stewardship to Children

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Stewardship isn’t just for adults. Yet, in many of our congregations, we put off teaching about stewardship until young adulthood. I don’t think that practice is borne of bad intentions. It’s just that, for many of us, teaching stewardship to children requires a bit of extra thought and careful practice. In today’s article, Minner Serovy shares her wisdom on the …

Broadening our Vision of Stewardship

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Stewardship as the management of all of life with Christ at the center includes our relationship to creation. Today’s writer helps us explore what happens when the Stewardship of creation is not marginalized in the congregation’s ministry as an after thought but becomes part of our discerned mission. Blessings, Glenn Taibl, Co-Director Center for Stewardship Leaders Luther Seminary Broadening Our …

Generous Person in the Bible–David, Part 2

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This email completes a two-part series on the generosity of King David, seen in the collection of the offering for the building of the temple in I Chronicles 29.   I wish you a blessed Christmas and some time of rest and relaxation with those you love. Chick Lane Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders Luther Seminary Generous Person …