Perfect for your small-group ministry or Christian education class, a video and study guide that explores how Matthew’s gospel handles the issue of stewardship. Very challenging material from the Center for Faith and Giving (Disciples of Christ). (Photo © Vibe Images – Fotolia.com)
Check out the new study Connected to Give: Faith Communities, published by Jumpstart and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This groundbreaking research is important reading for anyone interested in stewardship and giving in faith communities. Click here for more information. (Photo: , Creative Commons)
As a response to the “Prosperity Gospel” preachers, Religion News Service commentator Omid Safi finds the claims at odds with the life, witness and message of Jesus of Nazareth. Why do Christians have such blind spots when it comes to wealth, power and privilege? (Photo © Alfredo MÃ¼ller – Fotolia.com)
In this article, Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., discusses why it is important to teach ecoliteracy to develop social and emotional learning skills. These principles are equally applicable to Christian education programs and parish life initiatives.
Chris McKenna, Director of Middle School Ministry at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Caledonia, Michigan, shares three simple actions to help ‘tweens become better stewards of God’s gifts. (Photo: Jose Kevo, Creative Commons)
Adam Hamilton, pastor and author, reflects on how we are hardwired by God to be generous but fall prey to the voices of fear and self-gratification. Click here for more. Click here to learn about Hamilton’s book Enough. (Photo: Liz West, Creative Commons)
“What is Christian giving? The Bible helps us to answer this question,” begins a 10-page PDF that looks at Scripture to illuminate important aspects of stewardship — Gifts from God, Giving Time, Giving Talent, and Giving Money. A nice primer from the Church of Scotland.
The planet is facing major ecological problems: global warming, loss of species diversity, loss of forests and arable land, disposal of garbage and toxic waste, pollution of air, land, and water, over-population, depletion of non-replaceable natural resources, diminution of food sources, ocean acidification and collapse of fisheries, among others. And the survival of creation as we humans have known it is at stake. Here are five principles for a Christian response. (Photo by NASA)
Our friends at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have come up with a handy discussion guide on gratitude and generosity. It includes scripture and questions to get your workshop, seminar or study group headed in the right direction. (Photo © laurent hamels – Fotolia.com)
Help get your own finances in order, or lead a group in your congregation, with this handy, free four-session workshop on personal finances. The resource will guide your self-study or small-group session. Helpful video, too! From the Disciples of Christ’s Center for Faith and Giving. (Photo © mangostock – Fotolia.com)