From the October 19, 2009 edition of the Alban Weekly:
STEWARDSHIP AND SIMPLE THINKING
by Dan Hotchkiss
Something about stewardship campaigns inspires simplistic thinking even in leaders who, on other subjects, are quite capable of grappling with ambiguity. Stewardship is complicated. It includes everything from dilemmas facing households in a shaky economic time to the pledge-dampening effects of large endowments. One can--and many of us do--reduce these issues to simplistic opposites: abundance versus scarcity, generosity versus selfishness, faith versus the world. But real stewardship requires dealing with more complicated issues.
The annual stewardship campaign touches taproot issues for most congregations.
- What special purpose do we serve? Would we be missed?
- What other good might we accomplish with our dollars?
- Are there expenditures we have continued out of habit?
- What way of life are we inviting people into?
- Whose lives do we mean to change, and in what way?
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As an outcome of the SWUUC District Fall Conference 2009, the new Champions of Change pilot program has been born. We are very excited about this new lay leader development program and, to this point, the five participants are indicating that the program is being quite helpful.
Please go to Wayne Clark's blog (see below) for an overview of the program and bios of the participants.
Check out the Congregational Stewardship blog at http://congregationalstewardship.blogs.uua.org/
Purchase Beyond Fundraising: A Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship at (800)215-9076 or https://www.uua.org/bookstore.
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