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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!


End-of-Year Giving: Get Ready!
November 2, 2023
Charitable giving in the United States typically reaches its peak during the final weeks of the year, a trend often observed within churches as well...
Stories Matter, Prayers, too
October 5, 2023
Stories matter in Stewardship communications – and so do incorporating specific Stewardship prayers into your annual pledge campaign.
Campaign Checklist
September 5, 2023
Let's review a "Best Practices" Campaign Checklist. While these are in rough chronological order, feel free to go through the whole list and check...
What About the Letter?
July 26, 2023
Eight quick reminders to keep in mind:
Make it happen!
June 12, 2023
Planning to hold a pledge campaign this fall? Make sure you take advantage of these Stewardship Resources! 1. New Video: Stewardship in the Moment:...
Thinking Like a Farmer
May 18, 2023
Let's imagine two farms side by side. In one farm, you and your family live. You have everything you need to grow the food that you and your family...
April 20, 2023
Ross Wisnewski of St. Mary's in Sparta shares information on a new Year-Round Stewardship initiative.
More on Unlocking the Power of Online Giving
March 23, 2023
In the recent Stewardship in the Moment Workshop, Vanco's Peter Johnson and I shared practical tips and strategies to enhance your church's online...
Tips to increase your church's online giving
February 28, 2023
Although most churches now offer online giving options, it can still be challenging to encourage parishioners and others to use them. Here are some...
New things I now declare
February 1, 2023
See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:9 My morning's inbox...