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Posted: Oct 5

Year-Round Stewardship

Year Round & Holistic Stewardship

All too often I see the idea of Year-Round Stewardship as taking the Annual Pledge Drive and using the whole year to plan what will be done for this one event held over a few weeks, generally in the fall. Although it is important to allow plenty of time to plan the annual campaign for creativity to be able to flow, Year-Round Stewardship should be so much more in the life of our congregations than merely the annual campaign.

The reality is stewardship is the care of something that has been entrusted to the steward by another for the true owner's purpose. God hopes and desires that this will be a joyful experience for us filled with wonder. In the first Article of the Nicene Creed we say, “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of everything that is, seen and unseen”. So, it is through our baptism and deeper journey in Christ we find that responsible stewardship is not really about money, but it is about fulfilling Christ’s mission and ministry in the world through the right use of all God’s blessings entrusted to us. So we see that money is just a part of stewardship. And maybe it is better to say that money, and the use of it, is about stewardship rather than the other way around. The problem is that in our culture, money and things that relate to it, demand our attention. So the question is then how do we begin to refocus Stewardship in the Church to it's intended purpose – Christ's mission in the world? continue reading...


Posted: Oct 5

Generations of Stewardship

Generations & Stewardship

"Why don’t these young folks understand stewardship?” railed the sweet elderly lady on a church committee.  “We just need to explain it to them.  They need to understand that stewardship is paying your dues, just like you would if you belonged to a club.”  

As a new member of the stewardship team, its token Generation Xer, I widened my eyes.  “Is that what stewardship is?” I wondered to myself.  “If so, maybe I should reduce my pledge.” continue reading...


Posted: Oct 4

Stewardship Liturgy

Liturgical & Worship Resources

Desingned for the Opening Liturgy for the 2010 Episcoapl Network for Stewardship Conference at Christ Church Indinapolis, includes a Stewardship Opening Collect and Stewardship-focused Prayers of the People.

Click here to view Stewardship Liturgy continue reading...


Posted: Oct 4

Prayer Over Pledge Cards

Liturgical & Worship Resources

Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and true and beautiful and life-giving. These cards represent our sweat, they represent our lives, they represent our dreams. The pledges which we make on them are but tokens of the awesome gifts that have been given to us and they are pledged in thanksgiving for all we have received, for all we have been inspired to be, for all we are challenged to become, in this place. 

May they be the first fruits of all we have and not what we have left over, so that we may live out as closely as possible how you give to us. May we see them as our offering to you, sacred, holy, yet earthy, filled with possibilities. May we hold this image in our hearts and minds so as we watch our offerings each week come to your table, we can see our very selves being part of this offering, it is us on the table, living sacrifices to you. Amen.  continue reading...


Posted: Oct 4

Living Wi$ely

Discipleship & GenerosityPersonal Financial Planning

Created by the Office of Stewardship of the Episcopal Church, Living Wi$ely is a personal finance and budget counseling ministry designed to explore basic concepts of:

  • creating and living within a budget,
  • saving, giving and getting out of debt,
  • biblical principles and spiritual issue of money. 
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Posted: Oct 3

Pastoral Teaching on the Environment

Environmental Stewardship

A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

Quito, Ecuador
September 2011 continue reading...


Posted: Oct 3

Renewal Through a Capital Campaign

Capital Campaigns

By Maurice Seaton, Head of Capital Campaign Services, Episcopal Church Foundation  

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” continue reading...


Posted: Oct 3

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a ministry that is vital to any congregation, diocese, or community of faith not only because it can help ensure the future of your organization, but also because it offers your members the opportunity to make a final testament about the importance of their Christian faith.

The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) can assist you every step of the way – from developing your program, to equipping you with the resources you need to get results. Our services include: continue reading...


Posted: Oct 3


Posted: Oct 3

GreenFaith Certification Program

Environmental Stewardship

The GreenFaith Certification Program is a two-year, holistic process engaging an entire congregation through education, worship, environmental justice advocacy, building and grounds, and developing relationships with the larger interfaith community.

The Episcopal Church's Economic/Environmental Affairs Office and GreenFaith are underwriting 50% of the tuition for churches, enabling them to enroll for a discounted cost of $250 – $750. Churches in the program receive guidance and support, including one-on-one mentoring, resources, free webinars, and peer support. continue reading...