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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 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...
Engagement is everything
June 23, 2021
A few years ago the Gallup Company introduced ME25, a Member Engagement Survey consisting of 25 questions chosen to measure church engagement among...
Don’t Do It Alone: Why You Need a Team
June 8, 2021
Stewardship can feel lonely, especially this time of year. While we know that Stewardship should be a year-round practice, it's too often the reality...
Photo from the last in-person Hegg Awards, in 2019. RUSS WORTHINGTON PHOTO
May 4, 2021
Who will your congregation lift up in celebration at 3 PM on June 13th?
T-Minus and counting
February 16, 2021
Thanksgiving Day may still be over a week away, but we're already in the Thanking Season of our Annual Pledge Campaigns.
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...