Yesterday, I finally got my hands on copies of a new stewardship book edited by yours truly! Titled, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship, in ten approachable chapters written by seminary professors, engaged pastors, and church leaders, the book aims to expand our notion of — and approaches to — holistic stewardship. It’s perfect […]
American culture is intensely individualistic. Given this context, it’s no surprise that a lot of talk about money and stewardship is focused on the individual. How, though, might we make stewardship more communal? What might communal stewardship look like in congregations?
The tagline for Charity Navigator, the charities rating firm reads, “Your Guide to Intelligent Giving.” At the start of Lent, Pope Francis encouraged another way. In an interview before Ash Wednesday, the pontiff explained that believers should prioritize giving to the needy, and not second guess how that money might be spent. When considering a […]
“President-elected Donald Trump.” The phrase still has not sunk in. As I continue to process the election, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the contradictions of Trump’s candidacy: the billionaire who stiffs mom-and-pop businesses becoming the voice of the common man and woman, the son of an immigrant and husband to two women born […]
This week at Luther Seminary we’re hosting an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course in partnership with the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving [#LakeECRF]. What a joy it’s been to consider generosity, changing giving paradigms, and the ministry of fundraising with 25 leaders of congregations, non-profits, and faith-related organizations. (By the way, 2017 […]