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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!


Gratitude Matters
June 8, 2020
With Emily's permission, I share a recent Zoom breakout coffee hour conversation that awed me.
Lest we forget
May 28, 2020
As we enter the 12th? The 13th? The four hundred and fifty-seventh week of stay at home? Let's stop for a minute. Let's stop and reflect on what we...
Gratitude Matters
May 26, 2020
At St. James in Upper Montclair, we have an historic Bell Tower, dedicated to the memory of 93 parish veterans of WWI, including 7 who did not return...
Gratitude Matters
May 18, 2020
During this time of isolation, we have a chance to build our gratitude anew.
Don’t think of an elephant!
May 14, 2020
Don’t think of an elephant! How'd that work out? Once that word "elephant" is out, it's in your head, even if it's preceded by "Don't think." Already...
Gratitude Matters
May 11, 2020
So, you worry a lot. Bless you! It speaks to your love and compassion as a human being.
May 4, 2020
First thought in the morning: I didn't get enough sleep last night. Last thought at night: I didn't get enough done today. Sound familiar? Author...
Ministry in a hatchback
April 29, 2020
What does ministry look like? Sometimes it looks like an open hatchback.
It's Quarterly Statement time!
April 27, 2020
It's more important than ever to keep communicating with parishioners, and that includes practical matters like quarterly statements
April 27, 2020
These days at St. Mary’s Church in Sparta we are finding new ways to worship, to sing God’s praise, and to serve those in need, thanks to so many...