April 2019 Stewardship Lectionary Preview

3/14/2019

When you think of Lent and Easter, I’m guessing that “Stewardship” is not the first thing that comes to mind. It certainly has not been for me. However if we understand stewardship to be part of our call to discipleship,...

This month in stewardship: April

3/7/2019

April is a busy month in the life of the church. Lent is coming to a close, and Holy Week is coming quickly. But it is still important to maintain a consistent stewardship team meeting schedule. If your pastor is...

Stories from a plentiful harvest

3/1/2019

Sir Abner was sleeping as sound as a rock. He woke with a jerk when he heard someone knock. “Who is it?” he said with a stretch and a yawn. “Who’s waking me up at the hour of dawn?” “It’s...

Stewardship is love

2/26/2019

The Presbyterian Outlook published an excellent article recently on stewardship, exploring what is really should be at the center of stewardship campaigns. The authors, Farley Lord and Christian Peele, are both on staff at Riverside Church in New York City....

When Enough is Enough

2/20/2019

Rev. David Loleng, Director of Financial Literacy and Leadership wrote When Enough is Enough for the Luther Seminary Center for Stewardship Leaders. No greater theme has led stewardship talk in the past generation than that of “abundance vs. scarcity.” In...

This Month in Stewardship: March

2/15/2019

Several times a year, my children receive hand-written notes in the mail from the associate pastor at our church, Rev. Doodle Harris. She writes them to thank them every time they volunteer for an activity at our church. And she...

Saying thank you is a key part of stewardship

2/3/2019

One of the practices that my wife Morgan and I began with our children at a very young age was making sure they wrote thank you notes for presents they receive on their birthdays and at Christmas. Placing thank you...

March 2019 Stewardship Lectionary Preview

1/30/2019

March 6, 2019; Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The gospel lection for Ash Wednesday deliberately links the spiritual disciplines of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-6; 16-18) with storing up of treasures (6:19-21). The passage warns that if these spiritual...

This Month in Stewardship: February

1/22/2019

February is a bit of a holding pattern for stewardship in the church, if your stewardship and/or generosity program has a fall emphasis. You’re well-past year end. You know how 2018 shaped up for you, and you’ve got a budget...

Resolving to Be Different

1/5/2019

It’s that time again. In what seems like the ‘twinkling of an eye,’ another year has gone, a new year has begun. Memories of 2018 have quickly been replaced with aspirations for 2019. For many of us, that means creating...