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.
Throw a Christmas party that teaches about generosity! Here’s a lesson plan for “A Giving Christmas Party” for children 10 to 14 years. They will participate in a mission project, craft, and game to learn that God’s gift of Jesus is why Christmas should be about giving. From Ministry-to-Children. (Photo: LadyDragonFlyCC, Creative Commons)
Who says learning about stewardship has to be dull? Teach generosity to the children in your family or your church and have some fun in the process with these activities prepared by Food for the Hungry. The activities also help bring an understanding of poverty and daily life in other countries. (Photo: Stephen Depolo, Creative […]
Advent is only a couple weeks away. This year help enrich your and your church’s experience of Advent with a free online devotional. Teach your congregants how to access and use devotionals to draw close to God and find the Holiness of the holidays. Here are links to some good ones. (Photo:Christopher Bulle, Creative Commons)
Today’s youth have more money at their disposal than their parents or grandparents did, but perhaps less real knowledge about how to use money responsibly as a person of faith. Thsi 26-page curriculum from Everence (Church of the Brethren) offers practical knowledge from a faith perspective. (Photo © alphaspirit – Fotolia.com)
Folks can learn a lot about stewardship through this simple lesson dealing with the “french fry tax” that many youth and children have to endure. This funny, well-done Youtube video explains it all in about two minutes. Perfect for Sunday school, youth group or a temple talk. (Photo: Keith McDuffee, Creative Commons)
Here’s a great resource for group exploration or self enrichment from the Anglican Church of Canada — “The Theology of Money: A Resource for Study or Discussion.” It’s an essay, plus guidelines for group discussion, a series of reflections and questions, and musical and liturgical resources. (Photo:© Bastos – Fotolia.com)
This six-week series of sermons, bible study and children’s messages will help teach folks not only the spiritual side of money, but also how to manage their household income more effectively. Prepared by the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, this 87-page guide provides everything you need. (Photo: Filip Pticek, Creative Commons)
This free workshop series from Everence is designed to help first-world people from the 21st century understand biblical principles of wealth, generosity and stewardship. And, of course, apply them to our lives today. This is no small challenge, but worth the effort. (Photo © momius – Fotolia.com)
Make a big bowl of popcorn and invite your finance/stewardship leaders team to watch this compelling presentation by the author of Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate. If your congregation is like most — spinning its wheels with the same old stewardship approach — this may get you moving again. From the Tennessee Annual Conference, UMC.