Welcome to the Ecumenical Stewardship Center Website. As a Network for Growing Stewards, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center connects, inspires, and equips Christian steward leaders to transform church communities through a vital relationship with a generous God and in fellowship with today’s church - gathered, outreaching and scattered. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center lives out its mission with a generous, prophetic, innovative, and collaborative vision and values. ESC has supported the stewardship ministries of congregations and denominations for decades. With roots in the United Stewardship Council of the Christian Church in the United States and Canada and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA that reach back to the early part of the twentieth century, ESC was formed as a separate not-for-profit organization and became a related movement of the NCCC in 1980. It was established to provide learning and teaching opportunities in Christian stewardship for theological educators, students, pastors, laity and stewardship professionals.
ESC serves congregations and denominations by providing publications, events, and professional growth opportunities focusing on the many aspects of Christian stewardship. For many years, The Journal of Stewardship published articles and statistics on stewardship for the churches in Canada and the United States. Today, ESC offers a growing number of comprehensive, biblically-based materials for their stewardship programs, including the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine and accompanying stewardship materials and resources. Leadership Seminar is an annual gathering of persons working in stewardship ministries, offering timely, energizing, and cutting-edge content to engage and inspire steward leaders through plenary sessions and discussions featuring theological thought, current research, and practical application possibilities. The biennial North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy provides a wide variety of workshops and educational opportunities about the many aspects of stewardship that are valuable to all persons interested in stewardship, including laypersons, pastors, and denominational staff. The North American Stewardship Conference, held every 2-4 years in different areas of Canada and the United States, serves pastors and lay leaders active in congregational stewardship ministries. Denominational leaders and seminarians also find this a meaningful setting to explore biblical and theological foundations of stewardship and gain new tools for ministry. Forum Groups are gatherings attended by those who have responsibility for stewardship ministries. Each of the five Forum Groups has a different focus and most meet annually. While the Ecumenical Stewardship Center facilitates the gathering, the agenda is set by the participants, and includes worship and fellowship, updates about each attendees' stewardship ministry, sharing of trends, research, ideas, challenges and insights, and sharing of new resources and programs.
Exploring Stewardship Together
You are invited to become a part of the rich history and dynamic future of ESC. Explore the following sections of our website to find out how ESC can partner with you:
• Educational events for denominational and congregational church leaders
• Stewardship materials for development of your congregational stewardship campaign
• Print resources designed to support discussions on stewardship
• Forum Groups to enhance your stewardship ministry
or support the ministry of ESC with a financial gift.
If you have more questions contact us for more information regarding our mission and services.