Building transparency into your church budget

by Nancy Crowe

Transparency keeps money from controlling the church, said Robert Hay, Senior Ministry Relations Officer with the Presbyterian Foundation. Hay’s presentation, “Understanding Budgets and Reports,” was part of the Foundation’s Day of Learning Nov. 8. Here are a few highlights to...

Sharing love through Mr. Rogers in Wisconsin

by Erin Dunigan

Most people pass by First Presbyterian Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, noting its beautiful historic sanctuary. It sat on a one-way street, and the 1950s addition to the much larger sanctuary barely merited a backwards glance. But when the city of...

Auburn Seminary’s Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie talks up effective engagement during the Presbyterian Foundation’s ‘Leading Theologically’

by Mike Ferguson

Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie told the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty during his Leading Theologically broadcast last month she’s drawn to biblical characters with vision, including the prophet Jeremiah and John of Patmos, especially the latter with his “vision of a...

Get your church prepared to fight cyber crime

by Jonathan Haupt

Globally, cybercrime costs its victims more than $1.5 trillion annually- and churches are among the institutions being targeted. Robert Hawkey, director of IT Strategy and Transformation for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church, presented on cybersecurity considerations for...

Concentrate on mission to fund ministry

by Rev. Jody Mask

The view from the 15th-floor hotel conference room of Savannah’s Historic Landmark District was impressive. Tall church steeples reaching to the sky testified to the generosity of congregations over the centuries. But in a contemporary church world where dedication to...

Caring for offerings and honoring the giver keys to good stewardship

by Rev. Jody Mask

Reflecting the ecumenical spirit of Stewardship Kaleidoscope, Mark Stauffer, past Council president and treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and Rev. Joseph Moore, Ministry Relations Officer of the Presbyterian Foundation, co-presented a workshop called “Stewardship After the Gift.”...

Generosity and planned giving go hand-in-hand in many cultures

by Jonathan Haupt

Every faith has traditions of generosity, says James W. Murphy, and those traditions can serve as a framework for impactful fundraising. Murphy is Managing Program Director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and author of Faithful Giving: The Heart of Planned...

There’s good news about stewardship sermons

by Nancy Crowe

Pastors preaching about money tackle both the good news of the Gospel and the brass tacks of money management. There are ways to approach the oft-dreaded stewardship sermon with a little C.I.A. help. No, not that CIA. In “The Gospel...

Honesty is the best financial policy

by Rev. Jody Mask

“Tell the story of Center Church honestly: the good, the bad and the ugly.” This guiding principle framed Rev. Tom Moore’s workshop at Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2022. Rev. Moore told participants the story of Center Presbyterian Church, showing the importance of...

You’re never too young to give

by Sissy Clayton Perryman

Stewardship isn't an act. It's an attitude. This is how Carson Brown, Director of Christian Education at Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Fla., started his workshop at Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference focused on stewardship, generosity and finances for...