Welcome to My Stewardship Web Site!!
This stewardship website contains:
- documents that I have
written on stewardship and related topics,
- links to such
material on other sites,
- what the Episcopal
Church has officially said on tithing and stewardship,
- other info which I
believe will be useful in parishes
ôHappiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to
enjoy whatever life has, and this requires transforming greed into gratitude. ľ St. John Chrysostom
The longest document is a pamphlet on practical parish stewardship ("Hints & Tips" - see below) which is
downloadable as a file which you can then use to print from your word
Tips on Leadership, Stewardship, Money, Parish Canvasses, and Human Spiritual
Health" - a pamphlet for lay
leaders (and clergy) who have stewardship leadership responsibilities in a
congregation, and who want to start out on a sound theological basis, based
on biblical teachings. It includes many practical lessons learned in the
20th century. The first version appeared in 1982; I have made some minor
revisions since. Click here.
- "Maybe This is What General
Convention Meant..." - a
witness statement about reaching the decision to tithe which I wrote by
invitation for the National Church Center's 1986 pamphlet Ten More Who Tithe. I
have also delivered the same message as a homily (what it's called when
a lay person gives a sermon) to about 20 congregations. It's often
helpful to have an outsider (i.e. a visitor, especially a lay person)
first introduce the concept of the tithe. Click here.
- A Summary of My Stewardship Journey presented at the 20009 General Convention. Click here.
- "The Parable of the Employees" - a familiar parable re-set in modern terms,
emphasizing the connection between stewardship and management. It's
interesting to see what Jesus said was the reward for being a good
steward. Click here.
- "Christian Leadership" - a short (two page) essay on how to recognize (or
be!) a good Christian leader. Accountability (the dreaded
"A" word!) is part of the concept. Click here.
- "Three Attitudes Toward Giving " - It
helps a leader if she or he has measures of progress, or categories of
diagnosis, regarding stewardship. Here are three. Click here.
- "Power" - Many
of us are convinced that we have little power, and are poor. Bosh.
(one page.) Click here.
- Slides for
Training the Rector & EMV Leaders - Requires Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent, of the
free PowerPoint reader (Use Google to find it..´┐┐ Click here.
- Slides for
Training the Visitors - Requires Microsoft
PowerPoint or equivalent. Click here.
Other Stewardship-Related Web Sites and Pages
[You may want to make a note
(benchmark/favorites) of the address of this page so you can get back
- The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
(TENS) - Contains excellent
downloadable parish resources ("A Treasure Chest")
generated/collected/edited by Bruce Rockwell, Stewardship staff member
at the Diocese of Rochester and Church-Center-approved stewardship
consultant. Contains other resources prepared by the 815
Stewardship Office staff, and links to still more resources. Click here to go there.
- Lutheran [ELCA]
Resources - for purchase, with
some free downloadables. This page also has
links to related pages with other topics of parish interest. Click here to go there.
- Presbyterian Church Resources - An excellent set of resources including
downloadable clipart on stewardship topics. Also material that can
be purchased. Many other topics are also available at this site.
Click here to go there.
- Moody Bible Institute - Click here to go there.
- All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA - a
parish where the former Rector, The Rev. George Regas,
wasn't happy with tithing - he gave thirty+ percent. He was a
believer that people respond well to being held to high standards.
- Tithing Statements and their
History - Click
here for a 1982-91 history of tithing statements by the Episcopal
Church's General Convention, the national legislative body of the
- "Stewardship is the Main Work of the
Church" - This title won't
make any sense if you don't know that stewardship means being in charge of something that is
entrusted to you, but is not your own possession. Click here
for this statement, which was adopted by the 1988 General Convention.
´┐┐´┐┐´┐┐´┐┐ Evangelism is stewardship of the Gospel.
- "Notes on Personal Evangelism" - How to do it,
written by and for ordinary Episcopalians. (one
page). I can't claim sole authorship of this one, but I was a
participant and recording secretary of the parish evangelism committee
that produced it in 1977. Click here.
- "Jonestown, Waco, and
Hale-Bopp" - I finally found a
meaningful message coming out of these tragic events. Evangelism isn't
optional; it's urgent. Click here.
- "Reflections on the Growth of the Episcopal Church in
Ecuador" - I went to
Connecticut's then companion diocese, The Episcopal Church of Ecuador,
in 1984, for 10 days. I was intrigued by the fact that the Church
there was growing rapidly, but the Church in the US is not. This document gives what I
considered (and still consider) to be some lessons learned that might
apply in the US.´┐┐ ´┐┐Click here.
- "Proposed Agenda for Saturdays of
Bishop's Visitations to Parishes" - A response to my own concern that although episkope
(Gr.) means "oversight", there is little practical
accountability in the way bishops and rectors normally relate. As
stewards, we should always be improving the way the Church works. This
brief article's concepts could also be used at the diocesan/national
level in the relationship between diocesan bishops and the Provincial Synods.´┐┐ Click here.
- Also see
the document on my visit to the fast growing Episcopal Church of
Ecuador, listed three items above. While it was Bishop Caceres who
took the initiative to "make it happen," he systematically
leveraged his own efforts by systematically asking others to get
involved - and they did. The Church grew rapidly.
How to Read the Bible
- "On How to Use (and Not Use) the
Bible in Understanding God's Will, and on God's Will Today" - Why bible literalists are wrong. Click here.
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