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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!


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...
How Attention to Generational Differences Can Improve Your Communications
September 21, 2021
In our recent Project Resource session, we learned ways to think about how our communications might differ between generational cohorts.
August 16, 2021
The deadline for final registration is Friday, August 20.
Stewardship Tools
July 15, 2021
Cynthia McChesney, Missioner for Stewardship and Legacy Giving, shares links for seven stewardship tools you can start implementing now to prepare...
Project Resource
July 1, 2021
No more "business as usual" especially for this year's Annual Pledge Campaign! Common sense tells us that this year's Annual Pledge Campaign season...