The Diocesan Stewardship Initiative, one of the New Initiatives designated by Diocesan Council for 2011, is underway!
This ministry of the diocese integrates congregational consulting, an online community for clergy and lay leaders, and regional events.
The Initiative is headed by Lisa Meeder Turnbull, a member of the Congregational Consultants Network and former Missioner for Stewardship in the Diocese of Maine.
Lisa is available to meet with congregational leaders, either from individual congregations or jointly in areas where congregations are collaborating. Clergy and lay leaders are welcome to contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how the Initiative may be a resource to your congregation or to arrange for an on-site meeting.
In addition to on-site consulting, the Initiative includes two online elements designed to offer on-going support to clergy and lay leaders throughout the diocese. The stewardship listserv, email@example.com, is a place to ask questions, share resources and best practices, and discuss ideas and challenges with others engaged in stewardship ministry. Once subscribed, you can post questions and comments by addressing e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mainestewards blog, mainestewards.wordpress.com, offers reflections on all aspects of stewardship and baptismal ministry. These reflections will draw upon the weekly lectionary readings, the diocesan cycle of prayer, and issues in our common life as they relate to financial, non-financial, and legacy stewardship. If you know someone who does not have internet access but would like to receive these reflections, please send Lisa the person’s name and postal address; she will be happy to send out the reflections as they are posted.