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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!


How's your Fall Pledge Campaign coming along?
July 23, 2019
It’s summer: Hurray! But guess what? Fall will be here in a about a minute and so will your annual pledge campaign.
"Send us out to do the work you have given us to do"
June 17, 2019
Stewardship is the work God has given us to do, and it is work that happens all year long.
Are you making it difficult for people who want to give to you?
May 9, 2019
Are you still requiring your parishioners to pay only with cash or checks? Then you're shutting the door on their generosity and it's time to stop.
Why do spiritual gifts matter?
April 3, 2019
In the last Stewardship Matters we shared information about the Spiritual Gifts Inventory Assessment, an exercise anyone can use to identify their...
March 20, 2019
The 80/20 rule tells us that in many cases roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Applied to volunteers, it suggests that 20% of the...
September 4, 2018
Back to school may be almost here but Episcopalians know that September means something else: getting ready for the fall pledge campaign. To help...
Stewardship: Gratitude or Obligation?
September 2, 2015
The Episcopal Church Foundation invited Bishop Beckwith to expand his July 8, 2015 blog post on stewardship into a feature article, and published it...
The offering is received at St. George's Church in Maplewood
December 19, 2014
[The Living Church] Signs of vitality abound these days at St. George’s Church in Maplewood, New Jersey. Attendance is up more than 10 percent...
Dan Austin
December 20, 2013
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but it was raining at St. Tiffany’s-in-the-Fields. Inside. From the leaky Sunday school bathroom above...