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Posted: Oct 28

Sample Stewardship Letters and Mailings

Annual GivingBest PracticesCongregational Leadership

Click on the links below to download sample stewardship mailings:

A Sample Stewardship Chairperson's Letter continue reading...


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

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 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 3


Posted: Sep 21

A Bishop's Article

Congregational Leadership

by The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem, PA (Diocesan Life, Sept. '98).

Click Here to read the article. continue reading...


Posted: Sep 21

A Letter from the Bishop.

Congregational Leadership

by the Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins.

A stewardship letter to the people of the Diocese of Louisiana. continue reading...


Posted: Sep 21

A Pastor's Perspective on the Financing of American Religion

Congregational Leadership

By Richard Crocker

This terrific article from the website Resources for American Christianityaddresses seven issues from a pastor's perspective: continue reading...


Posted: Sep 21

Stewardship: A Handbook

Congregational LeadershipDiscipleship & GenerosityStewardship Formation

From the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, Scottish Episcopal Church, Year 2000 Edition.

A very concise resource with suggested programs for education and commitment programs along with some great quotes that so many of us are consistently searching for. continue reading...


Posted: Sep 21

Christian Giving in America

Congregational Leadership

by Robert Wood Lynn, in an interview with Tracy Schier.

Much of the research and writing on the topic of Christian Giving in America is done from the top down by church leaders interested in solving financial problems, or by academics intent on measuring and comparing who is giving and who is not, who is giving more than whom, and so forth. While admiring and recognizing the validity of these approaches to religion and money, Lynn makes it clear that these only partially get to the heart of the relationship between religion and money and that his interests and approach lie elsewhere. continue reading...