This Month in Stewardship: March

by Robyn Davis Sekula
2/15/2019

Several times a year, my children receive hand-written notes in the mail from the associate pastor at our church, Rev. Doodle Harris. She writes them to thank them every time they volunteer for an activity at our church. And she writes them, every single year, on the anniversary of their...

Saying thank you is a key part of stewardship

by Robert Hay
2/3/2019

One of the practices that my wife Morgan and I began with our children at a very young age was making sure they wrote thank you notes for presents they receive on their birthdays and at Christmas. Placing thank you cards in their stockings was one of those sneaky ways...

Money, the Mind, & Ministry seminar offered by SFTS

by Gregg Brekke
2/11/2019

Stewardship is not something we have to do, says Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. It’s something we get to do. Exploring the psychology of giving, stewardship and generosity can give pastors, church leaders, and non-profit executives a deeper and richer understanding of how to overcome discomfort...

Freedom Rising

by Melaina Wilson
2/6/2019

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is taking specific action to confront the societal and racial issues facing black communities in the U.S. by living into a new church initiative to address the plight of African American males in our country. The initiative followed an action approved by the PC(USA) 222nd General...

Stewardship Navigator

by Melaina Wilson
2/5/2019

In today’s ever-evolving culture, it is important for churches to develop creative and comprehensive annual stewardship programs. Successful stewardship programs are generally not one time, fall events but rather ongoing, year-round initiatives that keep members challenged and engaged. For these programs to be most effective, they must be able to...

Presbyterian Foundation receives second $1 million Lilly grant

by Robyn Davis Sekula
2/1/2019

Lilly Endowment Inc. recently awarded the Presbyterian Foundation a second grant of $1 million as part of its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. “This is an outstanding opportunity for the Foundation to advance our work in offering stewardship education and real-life tools that provide truly meaningful...

March 2019 Stewardship Lectionary Preview

by Kevin Park
1/30/2019

March 6, 2019; Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The gospel lection for Ash Wednesday deliberately links the spiritual disciplines of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-6; 16-18) with storing up of treasures (6:19-21). The passage warns that if these spiritual exercises are done only to impress people, without God, they...

This Month in Stewardship: February

by Robyn Davis Sekula
1/22/2019

February is a bit of a holding pattern for stewardship in the church, if your stewardship and/or generosity program has a fall emphasis. You’re well-past year end. You know how 2018 shaped up for you, and you’ve got a budget for 2019. You know what the needs are, and you...

It’s Right in Front of You

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
1/28/2019

Editor’s note: Lee Hinson-Hasty preached on Jan. 6 to his lectionary group in Estes Park, Colorado, at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. His sermon was delivered on Epiphany and was on Matthew 2:1-12, the coming of the magi. What follows is an excerpt of that sermon. [caption id="attachment_6933" align="alignright"...

Resolving to Be Different

by Olanda Carr
1/5/2019

[caption id="attachment_6846" align="alignright" width="124"] Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer[/caption] It’s that time again. In what seems like the ‘twinkling of an eye,’ another year has gone, a new year has begun. Memories of 2018 have quickly been replaced with aspirations for 2019. For many of us, that means creating THE...