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Stewardism

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 26, 2021 9:16:00 AM

This blog post, originally published in 2009 and now updated in light of yet again another devastating earthquake in Haiti, is as relevant as ever.

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Gary Moore, widely known for his writings on faith and economics, once pointed out that the ancient Greeks are the forerunners of modern socialism, the ancient Romans the forerunners of conservative capitalism, and Judaism is the forerunner of what he calls Stewardism, the idea that God owns everything and we manage on God’s behalf.

How do you think about these matters? In the middle of all the economic debates over bailouts, stimulus packages, cap and trade, and nationalized health care, it seems people are much more Greek or Roman in their understandings rather than Jewish. This Jewish notion that I work on God’s behalf carries over to those of us who take Christianity seriously. Read the opening chapters of Acts and you quickly discover that the early church is not into private enterprise, nor against it. Instead, it is into using what it has to care for the least of these.

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Topics: stewardship, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, creating a culture of generosity, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, The Third Turn Podcast, Kristin Evenson

The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 10, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The following is a presentation made this past week at the Christian Leadership Alliance's Conference in Dallas, TX. It was part of a summit on Steward Leadership. Portions of what you will find below include input from summit participants.

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Topics: process consulting, fiscal responsibility, board development, denominations, Stewardship Development, stewardism, associational systems, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fiscal Health, steward leadership, Executive Development, Five Stewardship Confusions

The Steward Leader Needs Deep Community

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 11, 2017 6:28:00 AM

Over the years, we've turned, repeatedly, to the subject of Steward Leadership, especially as articulated in Scott Rodin's book on the Steward Leader.  I've been privileged to support this work through some writing contributions to other titles:

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Topics: process consulting, it begins with design, Matthew Thomas, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, David Van Winkle

"The Selfless Leader" is released this week.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We often provide resource reviews on Fridays, but this week we announce one where our CEO - Mark L. Vincent -- participated in its making.

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Topics: stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, selfless leadership

An ode to money

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

First published in 2005 in Depth Perception - a pre-blog publication of Design Group International

An Ode to Money

If money makes the world go round,
then it is the reason I'm dizzy,
I'm overworked and spent afore earnt,
frantically spending a-tizzy.
And if money does not grow on trees,
then no wonder it's a labor;
working a lifetime to earn for me,
with hardly a cent for my neighbor.

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Topics: stewardship studies, philanthropy, stewardship education, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

A new stewardship direction: towards out of the box thinking

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 26, 2015 2:42:15 PM

Gary Moore, a long-time friend, offers forward thinking for investors, particularly those with a Christian and ethical persuasion. He recently offered these thoughts on cultivating generosity and agreed to let us post them here. The Omega Plan curriculum  he refers to is also offered through the comprehensive approach to stewardship cultivation, Open Hands Open Hearrts that Design Group International helped to develop.

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Topics: stewardship studies, stewardship services, Stewardship Development, stewardship education, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

5 Questions With ....David Van Winkle of Ministry Financing Group

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Oct 1, 2014 6:30:00 AM

A blog series we love running is the occasional "5 Questions With...."

This time we interview David Van Winkle, a Founder for Ministry Financing Group, a deeply experienced banker specializing in assisting ministry organizations in landing the best financing package possible for new initiatives and facilities. We ask him 5 Questions

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Topics: process consulting, Stewardship Development, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, stewardism, Design Group International, organizational wisdom, 5 Questions With, ministry financing, capital campaign financing, church financing, David Van Winkle

Unfortunately Fortunate: Does organizational leadership connect to human flourishing?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The following invites reflection from organizational leaders. Are we part of these problems or part of the solution? If our employees face these circumstances, it certainly affects employee productivity and well-being!

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Human resources

Successful Succession: continuous organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 13, 2014 6:30:00 AM

This post, first published several years ago has been updated....

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Topics: organizational development consulting, leadership succession, ending well, leadership arts, stewardism, contextual leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational life cycle, succession planning

Arianna Huffington learned to "Thrive." Can CEOs learn this lesson sooner?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 6, 2014 6:00:00 AM

BizTimes Milwaukee recently reviewed Arianna Huffington's book Thrivewhere she recounts her story of learning to balance life better after nearly working herself to death in building her business.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, stewardism, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, executive case studies, leadership wisdom

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