Stewardship Day

On August 24, 2019, The Diocese of Michigan and The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) presented:

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“Shining Our Light”

Diocesan Stewardship Day

August 24, 10am – 3pm

St. Paul’s, Brighton

Cost: $25 (scholarships available!)

On August 24, 2019, we held the Diocesan “Stewardship Day” at St. Paul’s in Brighton. The Rev. Chris Harris and Ms. Kristine Miller presented valuable information that inspired stewardship ministers (lay and ordained) and engaged fruitful conversation.

This day was for clergy, wardens, stewardship committees, vestries, and anyone interested in learning more about effective annual campaigns and proven strategies for increasing giving in our congregations. The purpose was to give congregational leaders tools to improve their annual campaigns, increase giving and develop a year-round culture of generosity in their parishes.

Stewardship Day will be scheduled for August, 2020. To pre-register, send an email to The Rev. Vicki Hesse at

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is a network of leaders, churches, and dioceses devoted to building a culture of generosity for greater ministry impact and personal transformation. Your presenters from TENS are The Rev. Chris Harris and Kristine Miller.

Meet the Instructors!

The Rev. Chris Harris

Associate Rector, Christ Church Cranbrook
Board of Directors, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
Advisory Board, Invite, Welcome, Connect

Chris began his professional career as a lawyer specializing in helping people manage significant tax and financial problems. During these years, he came to appreciate the realities of our consumer culture: We have too much debt, too little savings, more stuff than we can use, and a terrible habit of confusing our net-worth with our self-worth. According to Chris, “The story of the Rich Young Ruler is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago; the primary barrier to our relationship with God, is our relationship with money. If we want to get serious about personal transformation, then we need to start dealing seriously with a topic the church most often avoids–money.”

Chris serves on the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and the Advisory Board for Invite-Welcome-Connect, a national evangelism ministry. He is the creator of Living Wi$ely, a nationally recognized faith and personal finance ministry and he speaks on stewardship and evangelism topics at churches and conferences around the country, including The Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP), Evangelism Matters, The Episcopal Church Foundation (EFC), IWC Summit and TENS Annual Conference.

Chris’s passion is helping people create lives of meaning and purpose, by using the gifts they’ve been given to love and serve the world. Chris lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his husband Joe, their twin daughters, Aleena and Gianna, and a family of (as yet, unnamed) deer in their backyard.

Kristine Miller, CFRE

Partner & SVP of Horizons Stewardship |

Kristine became interested in generosity as the chairperson of the stewardship team at her church. Like many others who find themselves leading the stewardship charge, she discovered she had much to learn about God’s view of generosity and became immersed in the topic of stewardship. For over twenty years, Kristine has enjoyed working with individuals and congregations to help them embark on their journey toward generous living.

Kristine says, “This journey of discovery is one of the many ways in which God has expressed generosity to me. It is a journey that I expect will last a lifetime.” She is a blogger, book author, and frequent speaker at stewardship conferences and other church leadership events. She was previously the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and has served on several non-profit boards including TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship). A native of Ohio, Kristine did her undergraduate work in Business Administration at The Ohio State University and received her M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. Kristine has also achieved and retained C.F.R.E. (Certified Fundraising Executive) status since 2007.

Publications include:
Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2013).
C.L.I.M.B. Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship (Abingdon Press, 2011).
A Generous Life (Abingdon Press, 2019)—A 28-day devotional book written by the Horizons Stewardship team.

Kristine and her husband live in Novi, Michigan having recently returned from an overseas assignment in Singapore. Kristine enjoys reading, swimming, and learning about different cultures through their food.

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