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 […]
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 […]
I’m plugging away at some non-digital writing projects, but I did want to re-post today from the Center for Stewardship Leaders website for a couple of reasons. First, the CSL launched a new stewardship website this week! Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m not sure that it’s the prettiest, most robust stewardship center website in the mainline church these […]
The aid organization Oxfam International recently published a report showing that the richest 1% of the population has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. In 1889, Andrew Carnegie warned about giving alms or charity—which, in his view, too often rewarded vice—and instead pushed for the establishment of public institutions that would improve the general condition of people by providing “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.”