First Sunday in Lent Lectionary Reflection, March 9, 2014
Our Lord faced the tests and temptations of the evil one, and so do we. What can we learn from Jesus’ wilderness experience that will help us to be more faithful disciples? (Photo: out0fwave, Creative Commons)
Not only has the Internet changed the way we operate, but we can use it as a lens to view congregational leadership from a different perspective. Digital strategists talk about the development of the Internet in terms of Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. What does this mean and how, coupled with some theological reflection, does it inform leadership in 21st-century congregations? (Photo by M Anima, used by Creative Commons license.)
Here is a really wonderful 49-page Lenten devotional that will enable you to explore important themes of stewardship through daily Scripture readings, prayer and reflection. It’s free! Written by Rev. Russell McDowell for 2012, the ideas are still fresh (although you’ll have to adjust the dates). (Photo © robhainer – Fotolia.com)
Health is a process, not a thing or state. It is ongoing, dynamic, and ever changing. Health is a direction, not a destination, a once-and-for-all property. Congregational leaders are the key stewards of the congregation as a unit in itself. (Photo by Antti Nissinen, used by Creative Commons license)
The postmodern church will not be afraid of economics and will have learned the biblical truth that you cannot serve God and money, but sometimes you can serve God better with money than without it. The church’s theology of giving will not be based on guilt, or scorn for possessions, or some abstract principle of “unto the least” makes us increasingly intolerant of inequality. (
Traditional churches often struggle to reach Millennials and Generation X Christians, who have their own cultural experiences and suppositions. What this means for the church’s stewardship was the topic of a three-day conference by Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders, featuring two keynote addresses by Nathan Dungen. The Powerpoint presentations and audio Mp3 recordings are available for all to explore. (Photo © Vibe Images – Fotolia.com)
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 March 15 for the first funding round. See details inside! (Photo by Steven dePolo, used by Creative Commons license.)
Every good preacher knows that stewardship sermons aren’t just for three weeks in October, but rather the whole year through. Here is a free 72-page resource that offers tips for preaching on stewardship throughout the three-year Lectionary cycle. (Photo (c) Scott Griessel – Fotolia.com)
This resource outlines the six most popular financial response models used by ELCA congregations. An easy-to-follow guide for new stewardship leaders. Available through the ELCA Resource Catalog or in PDF as a free download.
Check out Faith Aflame from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a free comprehensive offering with a broad assortment of downloadable resources for congregational leaders. Click here or above to explore the Faith Aflame site.