How we define wealth defines us

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Wealth and accumulation Slate magazine published a report in 2014 about billionaires. There were 2,325 in the world at that time holding seven trillion dollars, or four percent of the worlds wealth. About 100 billionaires lived in New York City and 85 in Moscow. Europe had […]

A simple “thank you” can go a long way

Steve Bustos is an Everence® Stewardship Consultant, helping congregations and not-for-profit organizations with their stewardship education and charitable planning needs. Besides being an avid Green Bay Packer fan, Steve loves to visits national parks whenever he can.   His top two favorite parks include Zion National Park in Utah, and Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. […]

Which tent do you live under?

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. “’Tis a gift to be simple”  — 19th century Shaker song Living into the spirit of contentment or discontentment is largely a conscious decision. We choose which “tent” to live under by deciding what life is all about and what we want our life to represent. […]

Consider the lilies

Leonard M. Dow began his role as stewardship and development specialist with Everence in April 2017. He helps Christian individuals and communities in urban areas to strengthen, sustain and build their financial capacity. Previously he served as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia for almost 20 years. During his tenure, the congregation founded […]

Compassion: A key motivator

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education at Everence.  Pastors and lay leaders often wonder, “How can we motivate our congregation to invest their time and resources in the life of the church?” Research shows that appealing to a set goal or a sense of obligation may work among leaders, but it fizzles among the grassroots. […]

Giving trends of Millennials (and others) to congregations

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education at Everence. This article originally appeared at Everence.com . As the number of not-for-profits increases, along with their level of sophistication for donor dollars, churches need to adjust to the changing landscape of religious giving. When it comes to giving, loyalty to the local congregation cannot be assumed […]

Stewardship and Economic Justice

Martin Navarro is a bilingual church relations representative with Everence Financial and a graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He is married to Viri, and they live in Elkhart, Indiana, where he is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church. The Biblical concept of Stewardship resonates with many western Mennonites. Traditionally it has been seen […]

Affording College: Before, During and After

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence, a faith based financial services company of Mennonite Church USA, which serves all who are interested in integrating their faith with their finances. There is an old adage that says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is […]

Four Biblical Principles of Stewardship

Beryl Jantzi serves as the director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Everence is a faith based financial services organization which promotes stewardship practices for Mennonite Church USA and other Anabaptist organizations. You can surf the internet and find a wide range of responses to a biblical view of stewardship. Following are four principles that reflect […]

Retirement: Meaningful vocation or perpetual vacation?

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. It’s been suggested that retirement is now divided into three stages: the Go-Go Stage, the Slow-Go Stage and the No-Go Stage. My parents worked hard and in their middle 60s, sold the farm and entered the Go-Go Stage. This stage included their annual migration between Sarasota, […]