Empowering Christians to become joyful, faithful stewards of God’s grace in grateful response to God
Stewardship and Generosity
Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is an award-winning stewardship educator, and author of Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards, as well as the 2012-2016 United Methodist Guideline, Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living.
A clergy member of the California-Nevada Conference since the 1970s, Betsy has been a pastor, generosity consultant, and represented the United Methodist Church among stewardship professionals across North America. She was the Conference Director of Stewardship for the CA-NV United Methodist Foundation for ten years, and is now their Stewardship Consultant. Recently she served as Director of Stewardship for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
Betsy is online faculty and a member of the Resource Editorial Board for the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, and has served on their Board of Directors. She has been active in the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, and a nationwide consultant and speaker.
Betsy is the author of the 2012-2016 U.M. Guidelines book,Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living, and also of Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards.
Growing faithful stewards in your church doesn’t have to be Mission Impossible. Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living gives leaders practical, measurable steps to build a culture of generosity and a stewardship plan for your church. This booklet identifies essential elements, the pastor’s role, a context for financial giving, and to help implement and guide the stewardship ministry area. This book is one of the twenty-six United Methodist Guidelines that cover multiple church leadership areas.
When people become members of their local church, they promise to uphold the church with “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.” This booklet helps them fulfill that pledge, and guides the ministry leaders of their congregation in supporting their growth as generous stewards.
Stewardship is a dirty word in most churches. Pastors speak about it knowing they must preach for heart change, while many of their members sit uncomfortably through the “It’s-that-time-again” sermons and appeals.
Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards urges readers to become joyful stewards-in-action of all that God has entrusted to us. Spirited stewardship goes beyond just financial giving, to the ways we live out the Good News. This book is loaded with ideas to reinvigorate stewardship and encourage individuals and congregations in generous-hearted living.