One-Minute Stewardship

Creative Ways to Talk about Money in Church

Charles Cloughen Jr

Jun/2018, 144 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640650084



A collection of meditations on the importance of stewardship.

Much has changed in the 21st-century world of stewardship. Now a person may use electronic funds transfer or use a credit card after clicking on a website link instead of dropping a check in the offering plate. Stewardship witness videos can be linked to the church’s website. One-Minute Stewardship is designed to promote the development of a meaningful theology of giving in a new age. These short reflections, indexed by Scripture, theme, event, and lectionary, can be included in weekly parish e-mails, newsletters, weekly bulletins, or read as an invitation to the offering during worship. The book addresses the issue of designated giving, which is usually separate from general stewardship appeals and is designed to empower clergy and lay leaders to promote the message of good stewardship every Sunday of the year.

Charles Cloughen Jr. is Planned Giving Officer at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore, Maryland, and former Director of Planned Giving, Stewardship and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. He has been an Episcopal priest for more than 48 years, serving in parishes in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Texas, and Maryland. He lives in Towson, Maryland.

"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Fr. Charles Cloughen for pouring his years of ministry and stewardship experience into this practical, spiritual, easy-to-read and easy-to-use resource for talking about money in church. This book is like a good cookbook–something you can refer to and use to create a wonderful menu of generosity for your congregation. Get it. Use it. And enjoy the results!" --Yvonne Jones Lembo, Regional Gift Planner, ELCA Foundation, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

“The way of love is a way of life centered not on self alone or primarily, but on God, others and the world that belongs to God and that has been greatly placed into our care. Charles Cloughen’s new book offers some practical ways to live out that truth, with powerful and inspiring contributions from leaders throughout the Church.” —The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

"I am retired but wish I had this book when I was in parish ministry. I would keep it on my desk as a resource surely as helpful as other meditations, being deeply grateful for the depth and breadth of Cloughen’s contribution to parish conversations about stewardship."—Anglican Theological Review, April 2021

—Anglican Theological Review, Spring 2021, Vol.103-2, pp. 237-238

"Charles Cloughen tackles the challenge of stewardship for our moment in One-Minute Stewardship: Creative Ways of Talking About Money in Church. The clarion call - that stewardship is a year-round venture - is important for fundraisers at every size of church. Cloughen has assembled reflections from thinkers and leaders that will appeal to every reader. The helpful layout of his work makes it easy for a stewardship volunteer or professional to pick up practical wisdom tailored to the liturgical season or giving program (annual giving programs; planned giving; special gifts)."—Joseph R. Swimmer, Executive Director, The CEEP Network

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