Welcome to My
Stewardship Web Site !!
This web site contains:
- documents that I have
written on stewardship and other 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
- General Convention
issues and past decisions
- the triennial reports
of the Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development to the General
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
and 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 easily.]
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.
[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.
- 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.
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.
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 Episcopal
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.
of the Gospel.
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.
Waco, and Hale-Bopp" - I finally found a meaningful message coming out of
these tragic events. Evangelism isn't optional; it's urgent. Click
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.
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
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.
The Funding of
- A perennial issue in
the Episcopal Church is the choice of method (formula) for getting the
money to run the national organization (mission, ministry,
administration, and ecumenical efforts).
The method chosen in 1994 led to major cuts in the funds available
to the National Church, and if continued, will probably lead to
more cuts. By what philosophy should the costs be allocated
among the dioceses? This will again be an issue in the July 2012
General Convention. Click here to
see the issues leading to the decision about what will be asked of your
Every three years, the Standing Commission on
Stewardship and Development makes a report to the General Convention,
including any recommended legislation. These reports are contained in
the three-yearly pre-Convention publication known as the Blue Book (it’s
often not actually blue in color, but the name is retained nonetheless) available
via the Episcopal Church Archives. The reports describe how the
Commissions (beginning in 1982, when the Commission was instituted) have seen
the state of stewardship in the Episcopal Church, and what they have
recommended that each General Convention do to address that period’s
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