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Presenters: The Rev. Jeanne Pupke and Cecelia
Lay leaders who are interested in and charged with managing the financial
life of their congregation or district learned about the language of generosity
and gained an improved understanding of effective stewardship in this dynamic
workshop. We learned that stewardship is not fundraising, but is one of the core
ministries of the church; stewardship cannot and should not be isolated into an
embarrassed or shame-filled corner of the church. A distinction between 'Mammon'
outside the church and 'God' inside, or between the Sacred and the Profane at
the same boundary, is false, divisive and debilitating of the ability to
effectively implement the church's role in the community.
Creating and sustaining integrated stewardship is, in many ways, about a
congregation's perspectives on money, its power, and the best way to manage
For one perspective, there are six lenses through which every stewardship
program is viewed and controlled. Evaluating and improving the attitudes and
methods we hold and employ in each of these lenses is one effective means of
creating dynamic change:
For successfully examining and improving any group's stewardship of its
assets, there must be a developmental pathway that will compare and contrast
that will develop
and that will assess the need to deal with
within the congregation, and identify ways to do that effectively.
This workshop also covered:
The Rev. Jeanne Pupke comes to the ministry following a successful
executive career in the coffee and automotive industries. She is a specialist in
stewardship and growth, and has served as a consulting minister in Bend , OR ,
and as Growth Minister to the Pacific Northwest District. Starting this fall she
will be the Senior Minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond,
Cecilia Kingman Miller is a graduate of Starr King School for the
Ministry and is a candidate for our ministry. For the last seven years she has
provided stewardship and fundraising consultation to congregations and
non-profits, as well as serving as Director of Stewardship at First Unitarian
Church of Portland, OR. She is currently serving Wy'east UU Congregation in
Portland as a special consultant for growth.
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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.
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