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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]