Picking up where “Tending the Soul” left off last spring, Bishop Andrew Asbil is inviting the Diocese to “Tending the Soul of the Steward,” a three-part series that will consider important questions related to personal and parish-based stewardship education. Each hour-long session will include a conversation on a particular topic between church leaders, both lay and ordained, hosted by Bishop Asbil and moderated by Peter Misiaszek, director of Stewardship Development. The dates are:
- Tuesday, Nov. 1
- Tuesday, Nov. 8
- Tuesday, Nov. 15
The topics will be:
- What is stewardship? What does the bible say about giving? How can we encourage everyone to be a giver, and why is there a reluctance to talk about money in the Church?
- How do we implement a year-round stewardship education program? What are the key components? Why is a narrative budget important? How do we encourage pledging, invite newcomers to give and encourage maximum participation?
- How do I give? What is first fruits giving and why is it important? Why is the offertory an important part of worship? Can I give just time and talent? What about PAR, electronic giving and legacy gifts?