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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!


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...
Stewardship in the Moment
July 18, 2022
1. Save the date! Next Stewardship in the Moment Zoom Workshop: August 4, 7 PM Many of you took advantage of our June 16 "Stewardship in the Moment"...
Project Resource
July 5, 2022
You are invited to join our all-new Project Resource Stewardship Training, available to you through our diocesan partnership with the College for...
Looking for a Summer Job?
June 29, 2022
OK, maybe not. But summer's a great time to get some important "jobs" underway to help ensure the success of your fall pledge campaign. In a recent...
Stewardship Matters: Fall Predictions
June 7, 2022
If you've picked up a newspaper or scanned the internet recently then you've seen a story or two about gas prices and groceries, probably with "...
March 29, 2022
What can congregations learn from luxury hotels about the practice and importance of hospitality to guests?
Yearlong Stewardship? A birds-eye view
February 15, 2022
In last month's Stewardship Matters, we discussed Stewardship activities that made the most sense for January, specifically focusing on what you can...
What's hiding in your data?
January 31, 2022
As discussed in the last Stewardship Matters (Stewardship resolutions?, Jan. 5), January's a great time to look closely at the results of your fall...
January 5, 2022
Here's an easy New Year's Resolution for Stewardship. Why not resolve now to prepare better for next year's Annual Pledge Campaign? Just complete the...
Bad weather? Good stewardship!
October 28, 2021
‘Tis the season for Nor’easters, and who knows what else (Bomb cyclones are a thing now? Who knew?). And that means it’s a good time to consider some...