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Stewardship Matters

Welcome to Stewardship Matters at the Diocese of Newark!

Our goal here is to share relevant news, training, and tools to help you strengthen your congregation's mission and ministry resources and – at the same time – to help you experience the joy and power that is possible when we embrace all dimensions of Stewardship.

In addition to the resources you’ll find here, the Diocesan Stewardship Teaching Team conducts regular workshops for congregations in the Diocese. We are also happy to do “house calls,” specific congregation-focused teaching sessions for vestries and other groups. The Stewardship Teaching Team at the Diocese is led by Cynthia McChesney, Advisor to the Bishop for Stewardship and Leadership Giving, and includes diocesan leaders and volunteers-extraordinaire David Farrand, Paul Shackford, and Pat Yankus.

To schedule a Stewardship house call, or learn more about an upcoming diocesan-wide workshop, please contact Cynthia McChesney.

In Stewardship, the practical works hand in hand with the spiritual. With that in mind we’ll be using these pages to include lots of practical tips and advice, much of which comes from our own churches, some from other denominations, and still other pulled from the expertise of non-church fundraisers. We’re always adding more, so check back frequently. And don’t forget to check out our Stewardship Matters Facebook page too!

News

Thank you
November 16, 2020
Thanksgiving Day may still be over a week away, but we're already in the Thanking Season of our Annual Pledge Campaigns.
Stewardship Matters: Don't shoot yourself in the foot
October 30, 2020
Why not just use email alone? Simple answer. Because you want your communication to be received, to be read, and to be acted upon.
Stewardship Matters: It's personal. No, really. It is!
October 7, 2020
During recent stewardship-focused conversations, discussions have centered on three key concepts – all particularly relevant to running an Annual...
Stewardship Matters: Make a New Plan, Stan
August 6, 2020
We already know this year is not like last year. We've been out of our church buildings for these many months. Ministries are still happening, and...
Gratitude Matters
June 8, 2020
With Emily's permission, I share a recent Zoom breakout coffee hour conversation that awed me.
Lest we forget
May 28, 2020
As we enter the 12th? The 13th? The four hundred and fifty-seventh week of stay at home? Let's stop for a minute. Let's stop and reflect on what we...
Gratitude Matters
May 26, 2020
At St. James in Upper Montclair, we have an historic Bell Tower, dedicated to the memory of 93 parish veterans of WWI, including 7 who did not return...
Gratitude Matters
May 18, 2020
During this time of isolation, we have a chance to build our gratitude anew.
Don’t think of an elephant!
May 14, 2020
Don’t think of an elephant! How'd that work out? Once that word "elephant" is out, it's in your head, even if it's preceded by "Don't think." Already...
Gratitude Matters
May 11, 2020
So, you worry a lot. Bless you! It speaks to your love and compassion as a human being.

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