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December lectionary preview: Advent

10/18/2018

It is late November. You have made it through stewardship season. The pledge cards have come in. The budget is set for the following year. You breathe a sigh of relief and are grateful that you don’t have to talk...

The Steward In Us All

10/14/2018

The best definition I have heard of stewardship is: “Stewardship is everything I do after I say I believe.” — Douglas John Hall, theologian We spend all our time being stewards! Stewardship involves everything I do, say, eat – everything....

Stewardship Kaleidoscope: summaries of sessions

10/5/2018

Last week, we served as a major sponsor at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. Our Ministry Relations Officers and other Foundation staff led sessions on a variety of topics, all related to stewardship, generosity and giving. We wrote stories about many of these...

This month in Stewardship: October

9/18/2018

For many congregations, October is when Stewardship takes a more prominent role. Your congregation knows that pledge Sunday is coming. The primary task of stewardship leaders in the congregations, including pastors, is to answer, “Why does giving and generosity to...

Pastors should consider their own faith legacy

9/13/2018

Often church leaders know to encourage planned giving in their congregations, but many take for granted the great opportunity to craft their own faith legacy. Karl Mattison, Vice President for Planned Giving for the Presbyterian Foundation, frames it best when...

November Lectionary Preview: Challenging the community to hold onto the faith

9/11/2018

By Dr. Kevin Park Columbia Theological Seminary November 18: Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 How do you preach stewardship to a congregation that’s about to leave the church? In a nutshell, that’s what the writer of Hebrews is trying to do....

Ten Great Hymns about Stewardship

9/4/2018

By David Gambrell Editor’s note: Many churches have a fall emphasis stewardship calendar, calling for a Pledge Sunday in October or November. Worship services commonly have a stewardship and/or generosity theme. We asked David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the...

October Lectionary Preview: Stewardship through the lens of discipleship

8/23/2018

By Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell Pastor, Highland Presbyterian Church The month of October is often the height of Stewardship Season. For those following the lectionary, October offers a close reading of Mark 10 which invites us to think about stewardship...

This month in Stewardship: September

8/14/2018

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...

Responding to Critical Human Needs

8/1/2018

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” [Matthew 25:40] “Doing” for the least is one of the most powerful mandates...