At the 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Day of Renewal, I offered a simple three step process to raise up the topic of stewardship.  Here is a portion of that presentation.  In preparation, I took heavily from two sources: Jamieson, Janet T., and Philip D. Jamieson. Ministry and Money A Practical Guide for Pastors. Louisville: Westminster […]

This past weekend as a part of the First Call Theological Education Retreat, new pastors were joined by more experienced pastors, lay people, and members of the stewardship network for training in a new ELCA Stewardship Resource, “Money Leadership for Thriving Congregations.” Money Leadership is a resource designed to engage people in a healthy conversation […]

At the 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Day of Renewal, I offered a simple three step process to raise up the topic of stewardship.  Here is a portion of that presentation.  In preparation, I took heavily from two sources: Jamieson, Janet T., and Philip D. Jamieson. Ministry and Money A Practical Guide for Pastors. Louisville: Westminster […]

At the 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Day of Renewal, I offered a simple three step process to raise up the topic of stewardship.  Here is a portion of that presentation.  In preparation, I took heavily from two sources: Jamieson, Janet T., and Philip D. Jamieson. Ministry and Money A Practical Guide for Pastors. Louisville: Westminster […]

What is #GivingTuesday? We have a day of Thanksgiving, then a day for shopping deals on “Black Friday”, then a day to shop at local businesses  (#smallbusinesssaturday) and a day for online deals (#cybermonday). #GivingTuesday is a movement that began in 2012 in response to the commercialization and over consumption that takes place between Thanksgiving […]

When my mom’s youngest brother was a little boy, they attended a church that used to pass Communion around in the pews in a similar fashion to that of the offering plate.  One particular Sunday, the offering plates had already been passed around the congregation and it was time for Communion.  As they began passing […]