Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church

Beryl Jantzi is the director of Stewardship Education for Everence. People attend church less regularly than they used to. I hear from pastors how church membership may be growing but their Sunday morning attendance is declining. There are any number of reasons why this is taking place. But even given this reality, the church sees […]

Contagious Generosity: Telling people what they don’t want to hear

Beryl Jantzi is the director of Stewardship Education for Everence. This is the fourth in a  series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard.   “Part of leadership is telling people what they don’t want to hear. So many of you are afraid to talk about money. You are […]

The stories of our demise have been greatly exaggerated

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer of Mennonite Church USA. Since I have primary oversight of the Mennonite Church USA finances and the planning of our national convention, it is hard for me to totally unplug from my work. Technically I am supposed to be on sabbatical, but people in Mennonite Church USA keep emailing […]

Contagious Generosity: Making an impact on the world

Beryl Jantzi is the director of Stewardship Education for Everence. This is the third in a  series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard. “True giving does not so much subtract from what we have as multiply the impact we can have on the world.” – Kent Newburn Generosity […]

Contagious Generosity: Good strategy is better than good intentions

Beryl Jantzi is the director of stewardship education for Everence. This is the second in a  series of posts based on the book Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard. The role of leadership in a congregation is to move people from good intentions to actual strategies. This is according to Chris Willard and […]

Contagious Generosity: Creating a culture of giving in your congregation

Beryl Jantzi is the director of stewardship education for Everence. “Money is the most measurable aspect of faith,” according to Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard in their new book, “Contagious Generosity.” You may have a negative response to this assertion but Willard and Sheppard go on to make a strong case for this and other […]

Jesus doesn’t need a denomination, but you might

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. The leadership education department at Duke University asks a good question: What’s the future of denominations? As a current denominational leader on an unsteady ship I probably think about this every single day and twice on Monday. As a former pastor I think, “Do I really […]

Stewardship is being committed to mutual aid (part four)

Beryl Jantzi is Stewardship Education Director for Everence. Over the last few months, Beryl has been exploring our historic roots and current commitment to mutual aid as Christians using “Meditations on Christian Mutual Aid” by J.Winfield Fretz. This is the last post in this series.  Mutual aid is religiously motivated. At the core of this common concern for others is […]

Stewardship is being committed to mutual aid (part three)

Beryl Jantzi is Stewardship Education Director for Everence. Over the next few months, Beryl will be exploring our historic roots and current commitment to mutual aid as Christians using “Meditations on Christian Mutual Aid” by J.Winfield Fretz. Mutual aid is an essential quality of community. A chief aim of the early Anabaptists was to establish a community […]