Laura DeVries

About Me: 

I work for Barnabas Foundation as Church Relations Associate taking care of incoming requests from church leaders regarding stewardship education and development in their churches. Over the past 19 years serving in this capacity, I have experienced my own personal growth and that of my family in discovering the joy of living a generous life. I particularly enjoy hearing about the spiritual transformation that happens in churches and people who experience an intentional stewardship effort.

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I am a Chicago native who enjoys the big city. Married, with three kids and two grandchildren. I enjoy reading, bicycling, traveling, sewing, gardening.

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Gifts and Abilities

Thinking about how to engage or empower your members for ministry — utilizing their gifts? Check out Sheri's blog post, "Members Using Their Gifts" on the Church Administration forum.

Stewardship
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Congregational Stewardship = Team Work

"Encouraging stewardship is the task of all leaders in the church," according to Robert C. Heerspink in his book, Firstfruits:  A Stewardship Guide for Church Leaders. Looking for "food for thought"? Currently, there is great reading about steward leadership on other areas of the CRC Network.

Stewardship
  • In today’s consumer culture, it's even more vital for the church to be the place to increase stewardship awareness among its members. Understanding the biblical principle of being a “good steward...

  • It was so great to have so many churches join us for our first stewardship webinar last week.  If you missed it, there's good news!  "Five Keys to a More Generous Church" is now available online...

  • Wow, Ruth... sounds like I could have wrote this same post. My husband and I have had the same desire to reach the neighbors. Thanks for the openness about the "struggle" you and your husband felt...