This Month in Stewardship: September

by Robyn Davis Sekula

September is typically when many church stewardship committees gear up for pledge Sunday. By now, you should have a theme selected, your budget close to finalized and your committee should be meeting on a regular basis. Additionally, you should be asking members of your congregation to tell their stories of...

Ten Scriptures for your Stewardship Theme

by Greg Allen-Pickett

As the programmatic year for the church begins to ramp up, Sunday School classes resume after a summer hiatus, and attendance picks back up after the summer dip, many churches are considering what to do for their stewardship campaigns this fall. [caption id="attachment_5618" align="alignleft" width="163"] Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett[/caption] Consider using...

Union Church in Seattle serves community through hospitality

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Watch a video about Union Church here. Union Church in Seattle is “a church with a day job – a very involved day job,” says Scott Lumsden, Seattle Presbytery Co-Executive Presbyter. Stick around for a few days at 415 Westlake Avenue and you’ll see he’s right. On Sunday mornings, the...

Planning giving programs helps churches, members

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Death is not something most people want to discuss. We avoid the topic, and we certainly don’t want to bring it up in a discussion. But by avoiding this topic, pastors and churches are veering away from an important theological discussion that can provide peace and relief to members of...

Theology and online giving tied together

by Robyn Davis Sekula

If your congregation doesn’t have online giving, it is a barrier to full participation in the life of the church, says Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. “Giving is part of the liturgy, the work of the people, and the liturgy should be open to all,”...

September 29: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Luke 16:19-31

by Rev. Dr. Neal Presa

Stewardship involves past, present, and future dimensions. From the past, we inherit lessons, or we inherit legacies. From the present, we apply what we have to current needs while planning for the future. Into the future, we look to see the impact of what has been planned and the fruition...

September 22: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Luke 16:1-13

by Rev. Dr. Neal Presa

The prophets of the Lord were not just proclaimers of the will of God, nor merely purveyors of God’s truth; they were shepherds, caring deeply for God’s people for God’s people was their community; they belonged to those communities. We get a sense of the prophet Jeremiah’s pastoral heart for...

September 15: Jeremiah 4:11-22, 22-28; Luke 15:1-10

by Rev. Dr. Neal Presa

You do not have to be an accountant or in the sales industry to see the importance of inventory. Doing inventory of supplies, or of current income and expenses, is essential responsibilities for stewarding the resources of any organization. As we grow older, we also conduct an inventory of our...

September 8: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Luke 14:25-33

by Rev. Dr. Neal Presa

Jeremiah’s oracles are a protracted lament, alternating from the perspective of the Lord and the perspective of the prophet. In both cases, the lament concerns Jerusalem being besieged by Babylonian invaders as a form of the Lord’s own lament at Israel straying from the Lord’s commandments to love. The lament...

September 1: Jeremiah 2:4-13; Luke 14:1, 7-14

by Rev. Dr. Neal Presa

When we give, we want recognition. If it’s our end-of-year contribution or donation of old clothing with the Goodwill or Salvation Army, we want the tax-deductible receipt. If it’s a larger gift, a named opportunity with a plaque bearing our names or on a building will do just fine, thank...