2020 Pentecost echoes the First Century Church gathering

5/19/2020

“What a strange Pentecost this will be.” That’s a consistent refrain I’m hearing from my colleagues in churches across the country. We wonder what it will look like to celebrate the movement of the Spirit in and through the early...

Love Casts Out Fear

5/4/2020

After the seasons of Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, the lectionary texts for June narrate some of the ways God’s comprehensive love is displayed in the natural world, in the struggles of the matriarchs and patriarchs of the faith, in communities...

This month in stewardship: May

4/20/2020

This is a very unusual May. Typically, we would be celebrating graduations, gathering with friends and worshiping together. But of course, we’re in this new reality – a blend of staying home and attempting to figure out when it will...

Called to Christ to serve others

4/17/2020

One Sunday morning early in my career working for the Foundation, I was worshiping at a church in a small southwest Michigan town. Visiting churches is something I get to do often in my role as Ministry Relations Officer. When...

Living in faith, not fear

4/6/2020

Lectionary Preview for May 3, 2020: 1 Peter 2:19-25 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that?...

Stewardship in a Pandemic

3/17/2020

COVID-19 is changing the way the world interacts and the church is not immune to those changes. Amid social distancing and shelter in place orders, many churches have either canceled worship or moved to a virtual form of worship. Pastors...

This month in stewardship: April

3/13/2020

This is one of the busiest times in the life of the church, particularly for the pastoral staff. Lent is coming to a close, and Holy Week is coming quickly. Your stewardship or generosity committee still has work to do...

Called to minister in sacred moments

3/9/2020

More and more lately, we are hearing stories of free-range pastors. These are narratives of people engaging in ministry outside the box, or more specifically, outside the traditional walls of the church. One of those that comes to mind is...

A call to gratitude at Easter

3/6/2020

Holy Week and Eastertide are not typically associated with stewardship. It is unlikely that Palm Sunday or Easter would be primetime for a sermon on stewardship. But in its larger sense, stewardship is everywhere in this sacred season: in our...

This month in stewardship: March

2/18/2020

The season of Lent is here. This is a time for austerity, evaluation and preparation for the celebration of Easter. Stewardship may not seem compatible with Lent but it depends on how you view stewardship. Viewing it broadly, think about...