Stewardship Begins by Receiving

The stereotypical understanding of “stewardship” describes a process of giving, encourages generosity and seeks to inspire sacrificial giving. In my seven years in stewardship consulting, I’ve come to see “stewardship” and “generous giving” as a likely a second dynamic to “receiving” (yes, receiving). The grace to receive, the acceptance of God’s Gifts in whatever sacrificial… Read more »

Budget Cuts

Budget cuts are never easy but sometimes they are a necessity. How does one decide where to cut and what to leave standing? The choices are often different for a small congregation than for a large one, but here are some budgeting principles that may apply to all: Put “First Things First and Second Things… Read more »

What is Stewardship?

How would you define stewardship, if you were asked? Listen to these responses by children in this video from Lutheran Church Extension Fund to see how they define stewardship.