Stewardship

Created on March 13th, 2013

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Resources for stewardship: tips and ideas, church-wide programs, and other tools for encouraging generosity in your church.

Debt and Digital Giving

Debt and Digital Giving

By Ben Gosden
It seems like everything is moving into the digital world these days. The Internet has quickly become a world unto itself where we can share the highlights of our life, purchase… read more
Bounty

Bounty

By multiple authors
Church leaders struggle with issues related to financial giving every year, in every economic climate. Most do not want to preach about the topic, and some don’t even like to…
Three Stewardship Resolutions

Three Stewardship Resolutions

By Sungho Lee
At a recent stewardship meeting our chair brought a book to us: Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, by J. Clif Christopher. After reading and discussing, there were three things… read more
Stewardship Options: Why Do I Give?

Stewardship Options: Why Do I Give?

By Ministry Matters
Any stewardship campaign has to start with the question on everyone's mind, "Why should I give?" There are many ways to answer that question, and it will likely be different for… read more
Naming Our Idols

Naming Our Idols

By Mike Slaughter
Chances are when you hear the word idol, the first thing that comes to mind is Ryan Seacrest, or possibly a shiny gold statue of a calf. Idolatry isn’t a new problem, but it … read more

When Church and Family Finances Conflict

When Church and Family Finances Conflict

By Bromleigh McCleneghan
In early February, my husband and I prepared to visit the Taxman, spending a lunch hour gathering W-2s and mortgage statements and all the other official documents we had spent… read more
Rich Church, Poor Church

Rich Church, Poor Church

By J. Clif Christopher
Why do people give? I have written extensively about this in my book, Not Your Parents Offering Plate. It is, however, important to restate this elementary understanding before… read more

Does It Really Matter?

Does It Really Matter?

By J. Clif Christopher
The other day, in a seminar I was leading, I shared a story of a very active church member who had just chosen to give a multi-million dollar gift to his college and a much… read more
Time & Money: Taking Your Church to the Community

Time & Money: Taking Your Church to the Community

By Sarah Cunningham
I’ve read that you can tell a lot about what a person values by looking at what he or she spends time and money on. I think we could use these same indicators to learn… read more
Refresh the Offering: Ten Tips

Refresh the Offering: Ten Tips

By Donna Schaper
1. Go Back to Basics. What is an offering? It is a response to the word of God, made in cash or check. That may sound disrespectful to both God and cash but cash is not much… read more
Should We Have a Second Campaign?

Should We Have a Second Campaign?

By J. Clif Christopher
Yesterday, I got a call from a minister who wanted to talk about what to expect from a follow-up campaign. His church was finishing up a campaign that added a significant addition … read more
Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church

Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church

By Scott McKenzie, Kristine Miller
“As a form of ministry, fund-raising is as spiritual as giving a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry.”  Henri Nouwen, The… read more
From Stewardship to Generosity

From Stewardship to Generosity

By Robert Schnase
A few years ago, I had the privilege of speaking at a training seminar at a large United Methodist church. My host was on staff at the church, and he described how he had recently … read more
When Spouses Clash on Giving

When Spouses Clash on Giving

By Jeff Anderson
For over a decade I have been talking with folks about their personal financial giving. Among the most common questions I hear is, "What do I do when my spouse and I are not on… read more
Teaching Children to Give

Teaching Children to Give

By Jeff Anderson
Parents want their children to be generous.   Among the first words we teach them are "momma", "dadda", "yes" and "no."   Somehow they learn "mine." Then we teach them … read more
Sermon Series: Generous Living

Sermon Series: Generous Living

By J. Michael Lowry
4 Week Series Week 1: A Little Is Enough Mark 6:30-44 “You give them something to eat,” said Jesus. Jesus can be unreasonable. I mean that not as blasphemy but as… read more

Common Stewardship Pitfalls

Common Stewardship Pitfalls

By Bob Crossman
1. Focusing on Shortfall In the vast majority of Christian Churches, in particular the small congregations, the only financial stewardship emphasis occurs when the church… read more
Teaching Stewardship

Teaching Stewardship

By Nan S. Duerling
What do you think of when you hear the word stewardship? You responded typically if you said money or finance campaign. Too often, stewardship discussions focus on how to raise… read more
Ditching Our Stewardship Campaign - for Discipleship

Ditching Our Stewardship Campaign - for Discipleship

By Martin Thielen
A few months ago our ministry team made tentative plans for this fall’s stewardship campaign. A few weeks later we ditched that plan. Instead, we are going to lead a… read more
Talking about Money in a Small Membership Church

Talking about Money in a Small Membership Church

By Amy Mayo-Moyle
My ministry began as an associate pastor of a large urban congregation. The church budget was a million dollars, with endowments that were many times as large. After two years, I… read more
The Stewardship Companion

The Stewardship Companion

By David Mosser
Every week churches must address issues related to stewardship. With deep pastoral sensitivities and solid biblical knowledge, veteran pastor and author David Mosser draws one…
Stewardship: If I Could Start from Scratch…

Stewardship: If I Could Start from Scratch…

By Bob Crossman
In established church settings it is very difficult to change the stewardship DNA of the congregation. I wish to repent of the low expectations I presented to new members early in … read more
Effective Stewardship Is Not Budget Driven

Effective Stewardship Is Not Budget Driven

By Bob Crossman
In far too many of our churches the pastor and finance committee are focused on developing the budget, perfecting the budget, and meeting the budget so that bills and payroll can… read more
Possessions Can Possess Us

Possessions Can Possess Us

By Michael J. Coyner
Mark 10:17:22 Mark 10 tells a sad story of a rich young man who could not leave his possessions behind in order to follow Jesus. Any fair reading of this story leads us to wonder … read more
Preaching on Money

Preaching on Money

By Adam Hamilton
For most pastors, fund-raising is the least rewarding part of our work. And like many of you, I would rather preach on almost anything other than finances and stewardship. But I… read more
Review: The Stewardship Companion

Review: The Stewardship Companion

By Matthew L. Kelley
David Mosser’s Stewardship Companion (Westminster John Knox) takes on a very ambitious task: to show how the theme of stewardship can be found in at least one of the texts… read more
Just in Time! Stewardship Services - eBook

Just in Time! Stewardship Services - eBook

By David N. Mosser
Provides ready-to-use worship and preaching resources for themes related to Stewardship. Understanding the concept of stewardship in a broader context as management of our…
Rich Church, Poor Church

Rich Church, Poor Church

By Dr. J. Clif Christopher
Does your church have the necessary funds to do ministry?In Dr. Clif Christopher's nearly forty years in ministry as a pastor and President of Horizons Stewardship Company, he has …

Faith & Money

Faith & Money

By multiple authors
Grounded in the gospel, Faith & Money- Identifies the challenges of fund development in local congregations, - Develops a consistent theological foundation for fund development…

Giving Is Up! (But Not for the Church)

Giving Is Up! (But Not for the Church)

By J. Clif Christopher
Giving USA, the leading authority on charitable giving, has just released its findings for 2011. Giving as a whole rose by roughly 4% to 298 billion dollars. This is about a 1%… read more
A Spirituality of Fundraising

A Spirituality of Fundraising

By Henri J.M. Nouwen
Christian leaders often feel uneasy about asking others for money.  Rather than viewing fundraising as a necessary but unpleasant task in supporting spiritual endeavors, Henri…