This Month in Stewardship: August

7/8/2019

If your church has a fall stewardship emphasis, August is a critically important time. This is the month to make sure all is in place. By taking time for a stewardship “inventory” in August, you’ll be ready to move forward...

August 2019 Lectionary Preview

6/21/2019

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care!...

This Month in Stewardship: July

6/19/2019

July has little expectations of productivity. It’s a month many take vacations, and enjoy celebrations, and not a whole lot typically gets done. Popsicle consumption rises dramatically, as does the number of out of office notifications populating our email boxes....

Summertime brings challenges for churches

6/11/2019

Summer is a joyful time for the Church. From the celebration of its birthday on Pentecost, through Vacation Bible School and the All-Church Picnic, to the blessing of the backpacks and the excitement of a new school year, these months...

Is the Church a Business?

5/28/2019

Late last year, I participated in a panel for an adult education class the opening question was just that. The other panelists were members of that church, and also business people. They explained their reasons for thinking of the church...

July 2019 Lectionary Preview

5/24/2019

Editor’s note: Each month, we ask a PC(USA) teaching elder to provide a lectionary preview for the coming month. The July preview is provided by Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation. [caption...

This month in stewardship: June

5/14/2019

Who should serve on your church's stewardship - or generosity - team? June is a good time to contemplate who would be a great stewardship team member and inviting them to join. If you are the chair of this committee,...

Shifting stewardship mindset: a pastor’s story

5/9/2019

Rev. David Duquette had long held a negative perception of stewardship, namely, that it went hand in hand with guilt and shame. Part of the lore in the church where he currently serves — Pennside Presbyterian Church in Reading, Pa.,...

Renew, Regrow, Re-invent: Working for our Legacy

5/1/2019

It is just a few days after Easter as I write this so I am spending a lot of time thinking about resurrection and what that means for me and for the churches I work with. I find myself thinking...

June 2019 Lectionary Preview

4/22/2019

If you visit and worship with the church I presently serve, Village Community Presbyterian Church in southern California, you will be immediately greeted by the central stained-glass window of the ancient triquetra, the three interlocking circles symbolizing the triune community...