Here are some of the creative projects our grant program has funded:
-Lower Susquehanna and Delaware-Maryland Synods, ELCA, to hold “Stewardship with People under 40,” a daylong seminar focusing on how to reach a new generation of givers.
-Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., to provide scholarships for 20 first-call pastors to Luther’s “Rethinking Stewardship” event.
-ELCA Region 8, to help fund the “Money Talk/Steward Walk” component of First Call Theological Education required for new leaders.
-Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, to fund holistic stewardship education in “First Call Pastors Family Camp” as part of required First Call Theological Education.
-Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, to strengthen its program of “Personal Financial Coaching” for seminarians and create a unit, “Introduction to Congregational Finance.”
-Lutherans Restoring Creation (in conjunction with ELCA seminaries) to produce six half-hour videos to help give valuable instruction on components of stewardship of creation for current and future church leaders.
-The Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, to provide one-on-one financial coaching and distribute financial literacy resources to its rostered leaders.
-The Western North Dakota Synod, ELCA, to educate leaders about holistic stewardship under the theme “Living in God’s Abundance.” The grant will support the cost of producing videos and curriculum.
-Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA, to help pay for “4G Networking: God + Grace + Gratitude + Generosity,” through which church leaders will explore stewardship at intense two-day workshops to be held at three locations.
-ELCA Region 9 Stewardship Council and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, to help fund “The First Call Theological Education Stewardship Cycle Retreat.”
-Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, to fund development of two classes, “The Stewardship of Bricks and Mortar ” and “Financial Stewardship: Planning, Budgeting and Management.”
-Metro Chicago Synod, ELCA, to fund a cohort of first-call pastors and those in small congregations to receive stewardship education.
-Central States Synod, ELCA, to give first-call pastors receive training and education at a stewardship conference.
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