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 […]

Tools not only to survive, but thrive

First leadership conference for youth of color draws more than 400 participants Glen Alexander Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. Culture Shock kicked off Friday night, Aug. 28, 2016, with close to 400 youth, young adults and parents in a high-energy worship service that included dynamic music and a comedian, KevOnStage, who […]

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. […]

Stewardship and the church FAQs

Beryl Jantzi is the director of Stewardship Education for Everence. The FAQs for this article are adapted from, “Stewardship for Vital Congregations” by Anthony Robinson, The Pilgrim Press, 2011. Across congregations and denominations, there are many common questions about how to best manage our resources and how much is appropriate to give away and to […]

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 […]