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, […]

Money, marriage and the world of millennials

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. If you are interested in resources that can be used to assist in conversations about finances and financial planning, be in touch with Beryl. There are a number of good resources currently available for pastors to use when working with couples getting ready for marriage. One […]

Financial education for seminarians makes a difference

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Everence currently partners with four seminaries (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Ashland Theological Seminary, Bethany Theological Seminary and Eastern Mennonite Seminary) assisting students with personal money management life skills. The first three seminaries listed above also participate, along with 64 other seminaries across the country, in a […]

A TiLT trek: Are we the people that God’s been waiting for?

Tyler Eshelman is living in Taos, New Mexico and working as the program coordinator at the Taos Initiative for Life Together (TiLT). After studying Peacebuilding & Development at Eastern Mennonite University, Tyler moved to Taos to work with schools, churches and other organizations on sustainability projects and community building and education. TiLT is a Mennonite-based […]

Examining the management of our precious gifts

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. The church has been a poor steward of the resources we have been given. The bulk of our time is devoted to worship services and insider “fellowship” events that only seek to indoctrinate the individual to our particular congregational culture. […]

Be sure to put your own (financial) oxygen mask on first

Darryl Dahlheimer is program director of Lutheran Social Services (LLS) of Minnesota, a partner of Everence, who provides free phone-based financial counseling for Mennonite Church USA members. All of us who have flown have heard the flight attendants’ spiel about safety. The part that always catches my attention is the reminder that if you are […]

Imagination and the spirituality of fundraising

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Henri Nouwen has written a classic booklet entitled, The Spirituality of Fund-Raising. In this inspiring text, Nouwen does a great job talking about the necessity and virtues of inviting people to give to the mission and ministry of the church and other faith based organizations. As […]

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. […]