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Encourage, Edify, and Live in the Light

Revised Common Lectionary reflection, Nov. 19, 2017
When we edify and encourage one another — through mutual prayer, strong friendships and small groups, worshiping together, serving side-by-side, and sharing our time, talent, and resources — we all become stronger. We are more likely, though the gift of a strong community, to use our talents and take greater risks with more confidence to multiply all that God has given us. We are truly better together. (Photo: Steve Spinks, Creative Commons)

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Include Youth in Stewardship Efforts

Youth are not the church of tomorrow; they’re the church today. Be sure to include your congregation’s youth in every aspect of your year-round stewardship teaching and programming. This downloadable PDF document from the Texas Methodist Foundation will give you some good ideas that you can begin to implement now. (Photo: Wayne Miller, Creative Commons)

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Here’s Your December ’17 Stewardship Toolbox

This is an assortment of “tools” for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications and education: “cut-and-paste” short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, an article for your monthly newsletter or website. You’ll also find links for resources to “Teach,” “Preach,” “Think’, and “Do” stewardship. Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo © Les Cunliffe – Fotolia.com)

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A Better Way to Plan Stewardship Testimonies

Wise stewardship leaders know the value of asking congregation members to share their personal stories of generosity and giving. But they also know that testimonies about giving and money are powerful when done well and disastrous when done poorly. In this article, author Nate Berneking outlines how an interview approach to testimony can keep things focused and on track. (Photo: Daniel Dionne, Creative Commons)

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