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Posted: Oct 28

Three Stewardship Notions

Annual GivingCongregational LeadershipDiscipleship & Generosity

By Kirk Kubicek

No doubt many of us are in the middle of, or just finishing, the fall pledge campaign.  It is a time of much excitement mingled with anxiety.  What will the final results be?  If the totals – pledges and dollars – are up or down, does that reflect people’s attitudes and feelings toward me, the rector or vicar?  Will we be able to expand the scope and focus of our mission efforts both inside and outside the parish? continue reading...


Posted: Oct 28

Will Our Children Be Stewards? Books to Read with Children

Stewardship Formation

Amos and Boris, by William Steig. This is about giving to strangers through the experience of a mouse and a whale.

Arthur’s Pet Business, by Marc Brown. Arthur’s determination to prove he is responsible enough the have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. Little, Brown and Company, 1990. continue reading...


Posted: Oct 28

Bibliography - Theology and Practice of Stewardship

Best PracticesCongregational Leadership

 NIV Stewardship Study Bible – discover God’s design for life, the environment, finances, generosity, and eternity. 
Order online from Amazon.com

Revolution in Generosity – Transforming Stewards to be Rich Toward God. Wesley K. Willmer, Editor. 2008 Moody Publishers. 
Order online from Amazon.com continue reading...


Posted: Oct 28

Stewardship Curricula

Stewardship Formation

Abundantly Blessed, Abundantly Blessing: Celebrating Abundance and Blessings with our Children – Curriculum resource for young people – a resource for families to use in their homes to open conversation and teaching around stewardship through the sharing of stories, believes and practices about giving and receiving. Call the TENS office to order a copy: 1-800-699-2669.

  Living With Money is a powerful ecumenical adult education program for congregations that helps groups explore the subject of money from a spiritual perspective. This program is a four part program each part being between 19 to 24 minutes. Study Guide available click here to order online. You will leave the TENS’ website when you go to this link. continue reading...


Posted: Oct 27

"How To" Resources for the Congregation

Best PracticesCongregational Leadership

Joyful Giving -- A Manual for Stewardship Development in the Congregation (Third Edition published 2007) by Thomas R. Gossen. This is a collection of some of the material members of the Episcopal Church have developed over the past two decades. If you have recently attended a Stewardship Conference, chances are you have heard some of this material described. The manual gives it to you in written form. This is a very practical, well-organized work. This resource is no longer available in printed format. However, you are able to purchase a downloadable digital PDF file of the 2007 edition which you have permission to duplicate as required for use in your own congregation. Order from the TENS Online Store by clicking the "Store" button in the top right-hand corner.

Companion workbooks offer step-by-step planning and organizing tips for a successful commitment program. They will help you identify which commitment program is right for your congregation this year.  Visit the TENS Online Store to order these workbooks.

Transformed Giving Program Kit is a “total package” of resources for realizing your church’s full stewardship potential with a forty-day church-wide study and integrated financial commitment program. Transformed Giving takes the focus off finances and puts it on individual spiritual development and a new sense of Christian community. The full kit includes Treasures of the Transformed Life study book by John Ed Mathison; Participant’s Workbook designed for use in small groups as a six-week study; Leader’s Guide with DVD providing video teaching to start each of the six weekly sessions; Campaign Handbook with everything needed to execute the study and commitment campaign; Campaign Media in the form of a CD-ROM toolkit all the tools needed for a successful campaign and the DVD with messages for the pastor, the stewardship committee, and three model techniques for eliciting testimonies during worship that inspire increased giving. For details and to order go here. continue reading...


Posted: Oct 18

Pledge Programs - Principles for an Effective Response

Annual Giving

By Tom Gossen, TENS Executive Director  continue reading...


Posted: Oct 15

Sample Sermons

Preaching Resources

Click on the links below to download some terrific sample stewardship sermons:

Eric Epperson
Grace and St. Luke Episcopal Church – Memphis, TN
Home Field Advantage

October 15, 2006 continue reading...


Posted: Oct 15

Preaching Resources - Links

Preaching Resources

We welcome your suggestions for additions to this section of the TENS website. E-mail tens@tens.org.

 Browse the Sermon Resource Database from the Luther Seminary stewardship resources website. continue reading...


Posted: Oct 14

A Stewardship Litany

Liturgical & Worship Resources

A Stewardship Litany

Presider: Let us pray for the wisdom and courage to make stewardship a way of life with God. continue reading...


Posted: Oct 14

My Annual Spiritual Checkup

Discipleship & GenerosityPersonal Financial Planning

System: Finances

Your view of money is the chief spiritual issue of your life, says Bruce Rockwell.  Has your relationship with money turned toxic?  Take the "7 Questions" quiz and find out. continue reading...