All Saint's Day Resources

All Saint's Day Resources

As you plan ahead for stewardship season, we hope you’ll find time to be intentional about celebrating All Saints Day. This is an opportunity to provide pastoral care for families who have lost loved ones, and it’s also a time to lift up and celebrate the ways in which our ministry continues to be enriched by members who have gone on to glory. Done well, it becomes a gentle reminder about the opportunity for bequest giving.


Our friends and colleagues at the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation have developed a comprehensive resource for All Saints Day. This resource includes templates for letters to the families of the saints, worship elements, bulletin inserts, and more. You can download it in either PDF or Word:

6 Questions to Ask about Your Church's Investments

6 Questions to Ask about Your Church's Investments

Ah, September: back to school. Home canning season. Pumpkin spice lattes. And for most endowment committee members or trustees, it’s also time to resume regular meetings, take inventory of your church’s investments, and make a report to your charge conference. Here are six questions to guide your conversation as you do this important stewardship work.

1. ARE WE AWARE OF ALL ASSETS FOR WHICH WE ARE RESPONSIBLE?

Take inventory. Have new funds been received, existing investments matured, or additional assets been transferred to or from our committee/board since we last met? If so, make sure these are documented and included in, or excluded from, your discussions.

More Stewardship Resources

More Stewardship Resources

With fall rapidly approaching, we sit on the cusp of another busy ministry season.  Last week we published a review of seven popular stewardship campaigns. They fell into two broad categories: the small group study campaigns, and the commitment Sunday campaigns. Choosing the right campaign for your context is important. But the financial culture that your congregation develops year-round is even more important. As you begin your work towards a successful campaign, here are a few learnings that I’ve gleaned over the years as pastor and superintendent that have shown to be relevant to stewardship in our local churches:


  1. Stewardship as Discipleship

    Giving and generosity should be considered an outcome of Christian discipleship rather than simply to fulfill a pledge drive to meet next year’s budget.  What are some ways you can explore the concepts of offering, pledging, tithing, and sacrificial giving as a component of discipleship? 

Jump into Stewardship Season

Jump into Stewardship Season

It’s August! With people returning from vacation, Sunday schools starting up, choirs beginning rehearsal, and committee groups reconvening, our churches will soon be buzzing with activity. Amidst this there is, of course, the 2019 annual giving campaign that must be planned.

Before diving into the seven specific programs outlined below, let me share a word about annual stewardship campaigns.  Most of them include 4 weeks of material for a program, but please consider your context. How long will it take to get ready? What will need to be prepared ahead of time? What about…

  • Small groups?

  • Guest speaker?

  • Pledge letter or pledge cards?

  • Community meal?

  • Promotion via website, social media, newsletter, emails, and worship bulletins?

All these require some planning ahead of time, preferably with a team and a chairperson.  If you don’t have one, begin recruiting a chairperson right now. Meet as early as possible with your team to get the planning going.

We Invest in #TransitionReady Companies

We Invest in #TransitionReady Companies

At the most basic level, money is a tool for expressing the value of things. We also believe it’s a tool for expressing the values of our faith. That’s why we partner with Wespath to invest money for churches and agencies. Wespath engages the global financial market from a Wesleyan perspective.


Wespath’s most recent sustainable investment report states: “We view the world’s broad acceptance of climate change as the megatrend driving one of the most important shifts in the financial markets—the transition to the low-carbon economy…

Multi-Generation Generosity

Multi-Generation Generosity

Harland and Rose kept the money they earned in a household account. As a banker, Rose managed the family finances with precision. Harland, a WWII Navy veteran and carpenter, thrived on the art of the deal. He had a keen eye for fixer-uppers. Any money he earned moonlighting he invested in houses, property, and cars. They made a good pair: the conservative banker and the hardworking risk taker.  

Their son Randy remembers sitting between the two of them in a church pew as a teenager in the mid-1960s…