Saying thank you is a key part of stewardship

by Robert Hay

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...

This month in Stewardship: December

by Robyn Davis Sekula

For many congregations, pledge Sunday is in November, which means by now, you probably have a good idea of where you stand in terms of pledges. That means it’s time to do something a lot of people dread but is...

Drafting a winning stewardship and generosity team

by Gregg Brekke

Olanda Carr, Jr., Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, presented the workshop “Drafting a winning stewardship and generosity team” at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference Sept. 26 in St. Louis. Calling on the metaphor of a winning football team –...

Building a culture of generosity

by Robyn Davis Sekula

“Stewardship is about the joyous discipline of giving thanks,” says Robert Hay Jr. of the Presbyterian Foundation. Comparing joyous discipline with a “runner’s high” where the mind body and spirit start clicking after months or even years of disciplined training,...

Let your budget speak your vision

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Who are you? Where are you going? What do you have to declare? Those are three questions you’re asked when you enter the U.S., and they’re also good questions for churches to answer as they determine their core values and...

Pennsylvania Church sees boost from Giving Tuesday

by Robyn Davis Sekula

At 7:30 a.m. on November 29, 2017, the church phones at First United Presbyterian Church in Tarentum, Pa., were ringing. Callers wanted to know if the church had met the match for Giving Tuesday – and indeed, they had, and then...

The gift of giving

by Maggie Harmon

Editor's note: Maggie Harmon has joined the Presbyterian Foundation as our Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest. Maggie works with churches and ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) located in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. Maggie’s experience includes...

Becoming the divine agency of Christ through stewardship

by Rob Hagan

"There cannot be a surer rule, nor a stronger exhortation to the observance of it, than when we are taught that all the endowments which we possess are divine deposits entrusted to us for the very purpose of being distributed...

Making online giving easy

by Robyn Davis Sekula

How much do people really use online giving to support their worshiping community? It's becoming much more common than ever before. Our Ministry Relations Officers tell us that adding online giving programs to a congregation's web site almost always increases...