Lectionary Reflection for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, June 26, 2016
Perhaps being good stewards of love is what we need in these tumultuous times. We would do well to cultivate those Spirit fruits in hopes of providing an alternative voice and way in the midst of the rancor of this current election cycle. By serving one another, we serve God. (Photo: Mervi Eskelinen, Creative Commons)
Here’s a stewardship series for this fall! “Meet the Stewards” introduces your congregation to the four members of the Steward family, each of whom exemplifies a different area of stewardship. Sabbatha pays attention to Sunday worship and rest, Chistiian Ed, learning; Holly (who goes by “Volly”), serving; and Buck, giving. Lift up one of these characters per Sunday as a way to teach lifte stewardship values.(Photo: Jarrod Doll, Creative Commons)
Much has been written about the habits it takes to be a highly effective person, or a highly effective family or a highly effective teen. This series of seven brief reflections — which your congregation can reprint in a bulletin or newsletter — explores the habits of a highly effective steward. Since stewardship is a part of discipleship, and discipleship is a journey for each of us, we hope that these habits will help us reflect on this area of our Christian life. (Photo: Fit Approach, Creative Commons)
Though many churches have no stewardship plan whatsoever, some work at it but fail time and again. Why? They focus on the wrong things, continue with ineffective strategies, fail to integrate a program with congregtional buy-in or vision — to name but a few. Here are some common mistakes. Which are your congregtaion making? How can you do better? (Photo: Eugene Zemlyanskiy, Creative Commons)
Children aren’t born good and faithful stewards — generous, thoughtful and faithful in their use of time, talent and treasure. As with other spiritual disciplines, children and youth need to be taught, nourished and cultivated in the ways of good stewardship. This 35-page guide represents some best practices to help church leaders. (Photo © alphaspirit – Fotolia.com)
Congregations do more than save money and energy when they put solar electric panels on their roofs, retrofit their buildings with new heating systems and lights. They also send a message that as Christians they are concerned about climate change, fossil-fuel consumption and minimizing their environmental footprint. And they show by example that everyone can take steps to help solve these big global problems.(Photo: Michael Coghlan, Creative Commons)
“Why is stewardship so stinking difficult?” That’s a question you hear many congregational leaders ask, and it’s also a chapter in the new resource offered by Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. “Embracing Stewardship” addresses that age-old question by offering both a solid theoretical/theological grounding and practical, down-to-earth approaches for making stewardship an everyday part of a congregation’s life together. An accessible, affordable resource.
Got a creative idea for stewardship eduction? The Stewardship of Life Institute is offering grants to help fund projects to advance stewardship in the ELCA. Applications are submitted online and due on September 15 for the next funding round. See details inside! (Photo by Steven dePolo, used by Creative Commons license.)
Every week we dish out a fresh scoop of humor. Who says stewardship is no fun?
Some of the brightest minds of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have collaborated for this collection of essays exploring “How Much is Enough: A Deeper Look at Stewardship in an Age of Abundance.” Each author looks at one aspect of what it means to be a well-formed stewardship leader — the basic competencies needed.
T.A. Kantonen’s classic book “A Theology for Christian Stewardship” is still considered one of the best explorations of the topic and a go-to resource. Download a free PDF copy, posted on LC-MS’ FaithAflame website.