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Posted: Feb 16

Journey to Generosity - Introduction

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Posted: Jan 19


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Posted: Jan 19

Resolve To Do Three Stewardship Practices This Year

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I know. New Year’s resolutions are a joke. Nobody keeps New Year’s resolutions, good intentions notwithstanding. Let’s just say that upfront and out loud. Now, take a breath and admit that sometimes things have to change.

Here are three simple ideas that if practiced over the coming twelve months will transform your stewardship efforts and your church. In reality, we truly cannot do without them. continue reading...

Posted: Nov 12

St. Paul Motivates His Church's Donors - c. 56 A.D.

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By Ian Clark This article is reprinted from the website of the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration, The original article can be found here. This could be the first ever appeal for regular, committed donors. In the early days of the Christian church the missionary Paul asked his supporters in the city of Corinth to set aside a small portion of their income regularly, to sustain victims of a famine and then later to support good works generally. Here Ian Clark explains the significance of Paul’s letters to his followers, which subsequently became the foundation of the Christian Church’s teaching on generosity and giving. SUMMARY/OBJECTIVES: Raising funds to relieve the Palestinian famine. BACKGROUND:  continue reading...

Posted: Oct 1

Year-Round Stewardship

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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...