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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!


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...
ash cross
January 23, 2023
Ash Wednesday (February 22) is coming up...And we know time will fly by, so if you've ever thought, "Wow, Lent would be a good time to offer special...
Three Kings Cake
January 6, 2023
This Epiphany, why not shake things up with fresh approaches to parishioner engagement? Epiphany, which falls January 6 to the beginning of Lent, can...
Quiet Power of a Wish List
November 16, 2022
Ever notice how young children are happy to share their birthday or Christmas wish list? Maybe that's a lesson for all of us!
Stewardship Matters: Direct mail tips to boost readability
October 10, 2022
The best Stewardship letter in the world – the most engaging, interesting, action-oriented letter – will not do any good if no one reads it. Same for...
August 23, 2022
In most of our churches, we are invited to share God’s Peace with others, and then announcements are made, and we move into the Offertory when the...