It’s no secret that more than ever churches need good leadership. But how do you develop leaders? This 60-page training guide can help. Put the case studies and exercises to work in congregational retreats, staff meetings, Christian education classes and other settings.
Everybody knows the best stewardship efforts take place 365 days a year, and this manual is designed to help congregational leaders to formulate a vision for year-round stewardship and create a plan for implementing it. The manual gathers together some of the best resources of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Perfect for your fall campaign — here’s a six-week stewardship reflection series on the Lectionary Gospel lessons, beginning Oct. 5. Feasting on Gratitude invites readers to reflect and discuss stewardship principles and practices. Designed to complement and support a congregation’s annual giving campaign, Written for Lectionary Year A in 2011, the series is timely again in 2014. (Photo by JustCookNYC, used by Creative Commons license)
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 Sept. 15 for the next funding round. See details inside! (Photo by Steven dePolo, used by Creative Commons license.)
Struggling to provide good ministry with declining resources, many congregational leaders want to know what it takes to boost donations. There is no magic formula, but generally speaking worshipers want to feel their contributions are making a difference. Members give most generously when they feel connected to their church, are grateful for its role in their lives and confident it is contributing to God’s work.
Want to know more about plastics, their effects on humans and the environment, and how to recycle them properly? Here’s a comprehensive article from UTNE Reader by Plastic Purge author Michael SanClements. You’re almost there. Click the title to be redirected. (Photo: Katherine Davis, Creative Commons)
Often church leaders work countless hours planning how to limit spending, but they focus little attention on how to increase giving. We succeed where we focus our time and energy. Here, from BuildingChurchLeaders.com, is a fine piece on how to help increase giving. (Photo © laurent hamels – Fotolia.com)
You are invited to watch two free online seminars that faith and finance expert Nathan Dungan will give at Luther Seminary. On Aug. 25 at 1:15 p.m. Central Time, Dungan will present on “Mind Your Money.” On Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Dungan will present on “Financial Leadership in Communities of Faith. Click above for details.
The 2014 Report from Giving USA has good news and bad news for congregations. While overall giving rose, giving to religious groups declined. Competition for donor dollars is one factor, but so is falling church attendance and participation. Here are some highlights.
People of faith will join concerned citizens around the world to march in New York city to urge action on climate change. Planned for Sept. 21, the event has the support of more than 400 groups, many of them church and religious organizations. Learn more at LutheransRestoringCreation. (Photo by Takver, used by Creative Commons license.
By using principles of adaptive leadership, rather than reactive leadership, many pastors and congregational leaders are finding ways to energize, motivate and move their churches in new directions. This article, from the Reformed Church in America, gives a nice overview of adaptive leadership — and a bibliography for further reading!
Asbury Theological Seminary’s community garden is doing much more than feeding students. It’s become an important educational tool that includes a prayer garden, fire pit, preaching amphitheater, and nature path. (Photo: seminaryalliance.org)
Want to be an even better steward of those church potlucks and coffee hours where there’s way too much food? There’s an app for that. Now you can use your mobile device to help prevent waste and reduce hunger in your community. (Photo: Ginny, Creative Commons)
It’s an perennial question that congregations ask — do we get an outside speaker to preach the stewardship sermon? There may be many good reasons why you’d want to get an outsider, but Gerry Rafftery of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary says there are a lot of reasons why you wouldn’t. (Photo by Sumos, via Bigstockphoto.com)
Here is a complete Christian education lesson, including a video link. Paul is very focused on partnerships and how the stewardship of the values of the Rule of God are made concrete in relationships that transform individuals and communities. From the Center for Faith and Giving. (Photo by Bobosh_T, used by Creative Commons license)
“As a parish pastor, I often noted that generous people are wired differently than people who have not learned generosity,” begins Glenn Taibl in this week’s e-newsletter from the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary, Check out Glenn’s reflections, as well as the Center’s website.(Photo by danisabella, used by Creative Commons license)
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Almost there! Click the headline above to get to “A Theology for Christian Stewardship,” posted on the LCMS’ FaithAflame website.
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Here’s a free, seven-part curriculum for leaders who want to plumb the depths of their congregation’s financial soul.
Here’s a free online course on biblical stewardship that you can really sink your teeth into. “Four Gospels” pays attention to the stewardship-of-life underpinnings of the four Gospels as it provides a scholarly overview. From Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.