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Stewardship Ministry Newsletter

This monthly e-newsletter brings you helpful ideas, best practices, and resources to make your congregation’s stewardship / generosity program the best it can be.

Read issues of the Stewardship Ministry Newsletter:

  Advent - A Time of Waiting; A Time for Action
(December 2017) Ministry Relations Officer Steven Wirth reminds us in this Advent season to wait upon the Lord’s word to us in prayer, bible study and worship. He challenges us to respond to God’s word through acts of kindness and generosity. Read more
  Giving Feels Good, and Apparently Giving is Good for Us!
(November 2017) Ministry Relations Officer Sherry Hester Kenney says research demonstrates the positive impact of giving on our well-being and shows us how planned gifts can help our churches with their ministry and help us live into being the generous people God created us to be. More.

People Give to People and People Give to Vision

(October 2017)  Oct. 29 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Ministry Relations Officer Rob Hagan illustrates how the history of giving is imbedded in this great movement as people gave to the vision, but also to the men and women who shouldered the vision. Read more
  Lessons learned from Stewardship Kaleidoscope

(September 2017) Even if you missed attending Stewardship Kaleidoscope in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, you can still learn from the excellent plenary speakers and informative workshop leaders who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Read more.
  Providing Stewardship Resources to Shape Your Generosity Program

(August 2017) As you approach the beginning of a new program year, many churches are thinking about the annual campaign. Others may be thinking about a capital campaign or ways they can help members with legacy gifts and planned giving. Ministry Relations Officer Minner Serovy offers some basic tools that pastors and church leaders need in their toolbox of options. Read more

Support Ministries for Generations to Come

(July 2017) Endowment funds can preserve your passion for mission and create a lasting legacy. The Presbyterian Foundation’s endowment funds have stood the test of time to provide funds for mission in perpetuity. The Foundation offers tools and resources like the Planned Giving Leadership Guide and the Legacy Society Report to assist with attracting endowment gifts and creating a legacy society to recognize donors. If your committee has been challenged to create and manage an endowment fund, the Foundation can help. Read more.

Dreaming Stewardship Anew

(June 2017) Explore the many colorful dimensions of stewardship at the 2017 Stewardship Kaleidoscope. If you are a pastor, church leader, presbytery staff or someone who dreams of cultivating generosity in life and ministry, make plans to attend – September 25-27 – at the beautiful Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Read More.
  Caring for God's Creation - Investing in Climate Change Solutions

(May 2017) For the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) climate change is not just a conversation to be had, but a pressing issue to be addressed. As stewards of God’s creation, the Foundation is taking positive action to bring about change by making responsible investments that are also good to the environment. Read More

  Apply Now for Church Financial Leadership Grant

(April 2017) The Presbyterian Foundation is accepting applications for a newly established Church Financial Leadership Grant. Grant applicants must be a pastor, commissioned lay pastor (CLP), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Funds are available for those pastoral leaders seeking to gain a better understanding of church financial vitality and management of their congregations. Read more.

Change Your Church's Narrative on Giving

(March 2017) Research shows that regular donors give more over time and are more loyal and engaged with the ministry. Setting up recurring donations for your ministry is easy through the Presbyterian Foundation’s online giving system. These gifts – weekly, bimonthly, or monthly – provide a steady stream of revenue to your church or organization and provide a way for faithful supporters to demonstrate their commitment. Read More

  Ideas to Improve Annual Stewardship Campaigns

(February 2017)
From engaging leaders and members and planning and structuring your campaign to effective asking techniques, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers 50 ways to improve your annual stewardship campaign. Read more

  How Can Giving Metrics and Data Help in Developing Generous Disciples?

(January 2017) Metrics and data can tell much about a church’s generosity. Chris Willard and Warren Bird at Leadership Network share key giving metrics that will help church leaders develop generous disciples. Read more.

Giving Thanks

(December 2016)
Thank you for giving on #GivingTuesday and supporting the work of congregations throughout the nation and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministries such as the Christmas Joy Offering; Compassion, Peace, and Justice; World Mission; 1001 Worshiping Communities; the Presbyterian Historical Society; or Living Waters for the World.

  Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

(October 2016) On November 29, 2016, the world comes together to give. Join your fellow Presbyterians and participate in the fifth annual #GivingTuesday, supporting mission and ministry at home and around the world. Learn how your church or ministry can participate.

  Proven Investment Solutions

(September 2016) Are you looking for a trusted partner to invest the assets of your church or ministry? It's important to look for a partner(s) who will understand your goals and objectives. A partner who will manage your funds in a manner consistent with your faith and in a socially responsible manner consistent with the principals of Presbyterian polity or a customized approach to match your particular concerns. Read More
  Unexpected Gifts 
By Erin Dunigan

(August 2016) Bruce Jenkins has been a member at Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1959, which is well over half his 82 years. Employed as a trust officer during his career at a local bank, Jenkins has been involved with the finances of the congregation, including helping to manage the endowment, for the past 35 years.
"I've always been a church person," explained Jenkins. As a young man he first attended the Methodist church, followed by the Baptist church and attendance at a Catholic college; and then, upon moving to Indiana, became a Presbyterian. Read More
  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church makes giving more convenient 

(July 2016) For St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, Virginia, what began as a discussion quickly became a decision - a hearty "yes" to implementing a system of online giving through the Presbyterian Mission Exchange. Read More


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