Presbyterian Foundation receives second $1 million Lilly grant

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Lilly Endowment Inc. recently awarded the Presbyterian Foundation a second grant of $1 million as part of its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. “This is an outstanding opportunity for the Foundation to advance our work in...

January 2019 Stewardship Lectionary Preview

by Larissa Kwong Abazia

January is often a month of recovery from the preceding seasons of Advent and Christmas and the calm before the upcoming seasons of Lent and Easter. Many churches find themselves with settled budgets for the new year and rarely bear...

Creating a Culture of Call: a conversation with Dr. Sue LeFeber

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

We’ve spent some significant time this fall examining the need for pastors in rural communities in the U.S. Our blog series kicked off with Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams, Presbytery Executive for the Central Nebraska Presbytery, telling her story of the need...

Stewardship after disaster: Wallace Presbyterian Church

by Rev. Dr. Phil Gladden

Editor’s note: Rev. Dr. Phil Gladden is pastor of Wallace Presbyterian Church in Wallace, North Carolina. We checked in with “Dr. Phil” (as the locals know him) shortly after Hurricane Florence decimated parts of North Carolina. He shared with us...

Donor leaves more than $1 million for college scholarships

by Eva Stimson

A Florida woman who was a lifelong Presbyterian, a savvy investor, and a pioneer for women in the Chicago banking industry, has left a bequest of more than $1 million to the Presbyterian Foundation. The money is being used to...

Debra Hepler to retire as executive director of Ghost Ranch

by Robyn Davis Sekula

ABIQUIU, New Mexico — Today, Debra Hepler announced her retirement as the Executive Director of the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), effective February 1, 2019. Hepler has served as Ghost Ranch’s chief executive since...

Women of the Church

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come! -Isaiah 60:1 Women of the Church play a tremendous role in shaping Christians. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Christian Church without the women witnesses at Jesus’ tomb described in all four Gospels. The...

This month in Stewardship: August

by Robyn Davis Sekula

In June’s column, we touched on selecting a theme and other activities that need to be completed ahead of the stewardship campaign for your church. This month, we’re expanding on one part of that post: capturing and telling stories of...

“Good and Faithful” Stewardship

by Olanda Carr

As a Ministry Relations Officer serving the east region, one of my favorite topics to speak on is the effective utilization of the narrative budget. I enjoy this subject mostly because a narrative budget is an excellent way to transform...

Gratitude, Grace, Generosity: Practicing Stewardship

by Presbyterian Foundation

By Roy Howard Editor’s note: Each month, we ask a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor to write about upcoming opportunities in the lectionary for discussing stewardship. For July 2018, Rev. Roy Howard, Pastor of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda,...