Our culture is saturated with money, and that presents enormous spiritual dangers. Wealth can seduce and enslave us. This curriculum from Everence offers six lessons exploring biblical generosity and ways to avoid and confront the allure of wealth and put money in its proper place in our lives. (Photo © laurent hamels – Fotolia.com)
Yes, that’s right! We can preach and teach about generosity until the cows come home, but unless there is opportunity to practice it is difficult to become person steeped in generosity and abundance. It takes a combination of teaching and action to nurture generous people. Author and pastor Tim Stevens reflects on his own experience in learning […]
Author and Christian Education Director Heather High-Kennedy ponders the importance of teaching children and youth to be generous without the fanfare and hashtags of social media. “Children and youth today are growing up without a way to envision the concept of Matthew 6:1,” she said. (Photo: Carolyn Clement, Social Media Sunday)
This is Lectionary Year C, which features Luke’s gospel, so take a deep dive into that Gospel’s understanding of economics. This curriculum explores 12 key passages in Luke’s gospel that highlight stories from Jesus about wealth, poverty and generosity. From Everence.
Composting at home is good stewardship of the environment, and it’s easy, too! Don’t worry about a smelly mess or complicated formulas. There are many options and possibilities. Check out this article and get started reducing your trash and improving your soil. (Photo: de-olwen-dee, Creative Commons)
God’s people are yearning for tools and help them draw closer to the divine. Here are a number of resources that you may suggest. Why not offer 10-minute Temple Talk on how to use them? Maybe form a study group to pray and use a devotional daily and meet weekly as they journey together for Lent? (Photo © robhainer – Fotolia.com)
Just in time for Lent, here is a wonderful four-week Bible study on stewardship by Methodist author and bishop Robert Schnase. Each day there’s a new Bible verse to pray over. This link gets to to the first week; links to later weeks in the left menu. Posted by Franklin United Methodist Church, Churchton, Md.
Too many Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, with virtually no savings, stretched credit and precious little cushion. So even if they desire to contribute monetarily to our ministries, they may not be able to. Why not help them manage their money? These education materials from the Federal Trade Commission can help! (Photo © Chris Brignell – Fotolia.com)
Educators in Georgia, working with the Atlanta Food Bank, put together this wonderful 76-page curriculum to teach about hunger in America. Insightful, creative exercises help explain the causes and possible solutions to poverty and hunger. Adapt it for your adult and children’s Christian education. (Photo: FMSC Distribution Partner – Phillippines, Creative Commons)
Losing weight and exercising more are wonderful New Year’s resolutions, but this year teach your congregation about making resolutions that deal with the connections between money, faith, spirituality and stewardship. This article form Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders can get you started.