Making the Case for Faithful Generosity

Making the Case for Faithful Generosity

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In 1996, the book Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches was published. It shared the results of an extensive study of church giving in five diverse denominations. The study found that generous congregations encourage regular, consistent giving supported by prayerful and thoughtful planning. More than two decades later, additional research and practices have supported these findings. In the 2008 book Passing the Plate: Why Christians Don't Give Away More Money, authors Christian Smith and Michael Emerson reached the same conclusion. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Giving magazine volume 14 includes a summary of a study of congregations of the United Church of Canada. The most generous congregations • Were clear about the congregation’s mission; • Communicated a compelling case for giving; • Provided multiple opportunities for people to give; • Were…
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Great Teams Lead to Great Stewardship

Great Teams Lead to Great Stewardship

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“A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Eccles. 4:12, NRSV Is finding leaders for your congregational stewardship ministry a joy or a chore? If it’s the latter, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at your stewardship ministry team structure. In the Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Stewardship and Financial Health online course, instructor Bruce Barkhauer suggests that congregations have three teams for stewardship ministry leadership: the Finance Team, the Stewardship Team, and the Legacy Gifts Team. The Stewardship Team The Stewardship Team’s responsibilities focus on Christian stewardship as discipleship, giving as an essential part of our life as Christian stewards, and connecting generosity with the church’s mission and ministry. Activities for the Stewardship Team include educating the church on the many facets of stewardship, overseeing the annual stewardship campaign,…
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Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS January 2018

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS January 2018

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Register Today for the Pathways to Generosity Conference Register today to attend the Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference April 3-5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Participate on-site in Dallas or via live streaming. Don't miss this great conference with four dynamic keynote speakers: Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, Rev. Dr. Eric Law, Amiee Laramore, and Rev. Pedro Suarez, and nearly two dozen workshops. Stewardship Educators Forum Registration Extended to January 15  There's still time to register for the Stewardship Educators Forum Gathering and Stewardship Summit, January 23-25 in Southaven, Mississippi (near Memphis). Join your peers for helpful roundtable discussion at the Forum and paper presentations at the Summit. Join Ann Michel at the next Author Chat Join Rev. Dr. Ann Michel, Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at…
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Living Generously Begins With Trust

Living Generously Begins With Trust

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The Ecumenical Stewardship Center produces resources to help congregations encourage faithful generosity. Our Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine and complementary materials focus on a different biblical theme each year. In 2017, that theme is Live Generously with focus Scripture texts of 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and 2 Corinthians 8:9. When we define faithful generosity—or stewardship—we often think in terms of time, talent, and treasure. But when I look at the logo for the Live Generously theme, another important “T” word comes to mind. That word is trust. It is difficult to be generous without it. Trust seems to be a tough concept for many North Americans to master. It’s ironic since we have so much. But our culture tells us to put our trust in the goods, systems,…
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