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This month in Stewardship: July

by Robyn Davis Sekula
6/24/2018

At this point in your church year, you’re a little bit more than halfway done. It’s time to think about church budget, and how much you might need in the coming year. Stewardship teams need to consider this because you will need this information to help set a stewardship campaign...

Ghost Ranch continues its legacy of hosting Presbyterians

by Erin Dunigan
5/16/2018

Ghost Ranch is a magical place. Just ask anyone who has been on one of the many retreats and pilgrimages or attended a workshop. Known as the inspiration for painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the site of the world’s top dinosaur quarry, the ranch is also a place of rest, learning,...

Doing Well and Doing Good: Investing Responsibly

by Erin Dunigan
6/13/2018

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series about ways the Foundation is using its investments to work for greater change in the care and keeping of the earth we inhabit. Investments can do well – the Presbyterian Foundation believes – and do good at the same time. Through...

“Good and Faithful” Stewardship

by Olanda Carr
6/5/2018

As a Ministry Relations Officer serving the east region, one of my favorite topics to speak on is the effective utilization of the narrative budget. I enjoy this subject mostly because a narrative budget is an excellent way to transform the traditional line item budget into a graphic, pictorial representation...

Gratitude, Grace, Generosity: Practicing Stewardship

by Presbyterian Foundation
6/3/2018

By Roy Howard Editor’s note: Each month, we ask a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor to write about upcoming opportunities in the lectionary for discussing stewardship. For July 2018, Rev. Roy Howard, Pastor of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, Maryland, writes about II Corinthians 8:7-15, which is part of...

Donor-Advised Funds

by Presbyterian Foundation
6/1/2018

Church Financial Literacy and Leadership

by Melaina Wilson
5/16/2018

Attract millennials to your congregation by offering personal finance courses

by David Loleng
6/1/2018

I recently spoke with a national staff person with another mainline denomination about their efforts with outreach. He told me about a couple churches in Portland, Oregon that were seeing great success offering personal finance courses for church members and people in their local community. Interestingly, one group were very...

Mere Christianity: The Beginning

by Joe Small
5/15/2018

Suggestion for June reading: George M. Marsden, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. George Marsden has not written a biography of a person, but the life of a book. His biography of Mere Christianity is one of a series, “Lives of Great Religious Books” published...

Literary theology: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novels

by Joe Small
4/17/2018

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists… On Faith: People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust their conjurations. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with...