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The Trouble with Visions

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, April 24, 2016
Christian activist Shane Claiborne says “The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into.” Yes, that’s the trouble with visions. They can lead to some truly unexpected results in strange ways by unexpected paths trodden. And that’s o.k. (Photo: Robert Crouse-Baker, Creative Commons)

Sgt. David W. Rider, a 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor and practical nurse from Strongsville, Ohio, assigned to Bravo Company, 256th Combat Support Hospital, grimaces during the push-up event while taking the Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26, 2010.

12 Practices of Great Leaders

You can be a better leader through attitude and discipline.  Many ineffective leaders have great intentions but just haven’t developed the skills and attitudes that separate great leaders from poor leaders. Here are 12 overlooked practices that can help you become a better leader. From Carey Nieuwhof. (Photo: DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons)

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ELCA Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Stewardship of LIfe means using all the gifts God has given us. This simple gifts assessment tool can help God’s people understand their own best gifts to bring to ministry and life. The online version (click above) is easy to use. The PDF version (click here) is clunky but adaptable.

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7 Steps to Stewardship Success

If your congregation is stuck in its stewardship rut, you aren’t alone. Plenty of churches have work to do when it comes to establishing and maintaining stewardship plan. Here are seven steps forward from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. Look them over, pray over them, then get busy.  



“Eco-Reformation” is the term embraced by Lutheran theologians who foreground the crisis facing God’s creation and suggest that 2017′s 500th anniversary of the Reformation be a time when Christians across the globe take up the cause of saving God’s creation from destruction by climate change, pollution and unsustainable consumption of resources. This entire issue of Currents explores the issue of Eco-Reformation and calls God’s people to action, (Photo: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


The Weekly Joke

Every week we dish out a fresh scoop of humor. Who says stewardship is no fun? Click here to go to the joke  page


Free e-book: ‘How much is enough?’

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.


Monthly Stewardship Resources

Here’s a way to provide your congregation with a regular reminders about generosity and abundance: Stewardship Sentences that are perfect for Sunday worship bulletins or a website, or monthly newsletter articles ready to cut and paste. A great idea, great resources from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. (Photo © trotzolga –

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Free Ebook: A Theology for Christian Stewardship

When the concept of stewardship is developed in its total New Testament context it implies even more than trusteeship and responsibility. It contains the idea of partnership. The relation between master and servant gives way to the relation between friends working together for the realization of a common purpose.(Download a free PDF of this classic stewardship treatise from LCMS’ FaithAflame website.)

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13 Reasons your Church Needs a Planned Giving Strategy

Planned giving plants seeds that will yield a bigger harvest. A planned giving strategy is a wise investment in your congregation’s ministry, mission, and future.Share this article with congregational leaders to start the conversation about why this needs to be an integral part of your stewardship ministry. (Photo: Ken Mayer, Creative Commons)