The pandemic has upended so much of church life, the question arises, “How in the world are we supposed to do a stewardship emphasis when we can hardly gather in-person for worship?” Every congregation has its own needs and priorities, but ELCA pastor and author Charles Lane, offers three things to consider. (Photo: Jerrybuckel, Creative […]
While the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted ministries of churches across the world, the impact varies widely depending on the ministry context’s resources, preparedness, responses and other factors, argues Grace Duddy Pomroy, director of the Stewardship Leaders Program at Luther Seminary. She shares her insights.
Church leaders know the emphasis in congregational stewardship has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, from “making the budget” to “making disciples.” This is a good thing, says stewardship author and speaker Charles Lane, who puts the change into perspective and helps us anticipate the future of stewardship. From Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship […]
Here’s a great late-summer read. “Stewardship 101” is a free collection of 17 essays from Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders. It’s for stewardship/generosity committees, for clergy seeking new energy for financial leadership, and for Christians wondering what, if anything, God has to do with day-to-day finances. (Photo: Onay Davus, Creative Commons)
Here’s a resource with great ideas to energize your financial stewardship ministry. Stewardship 101: An Invitation to Financial Stewardship is a free e-book from the Center for Steward Leadership at Luther Seminary. It contains 17 of the center’s best newsletter articles on a wide variety of stewardship topics.
What does change have to do with stewardship? On one hand, stewardship always implies change — of giving, of accomplishing mission, of work together. On the other hand, though, stewardship is about constants, the grace of Jesus Christ and his call upon on lives. In this article from Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders, write […]
Membership in Mainline congregations is aging, and the trend shows no signs of stopping. That presents not only challenges but also opportunities when it comes to stewardship, says Charles R. Lane, a popular stewardship speaker, author and consultant. He offers great advice in these essays for Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders. Click above for […]
Church leaders are entrusted with the responsibility to lead and guide God’s people into living fully and confidently as Christian stewards — servants of God and shepherds of God’s blessings, which includes our neighbors, near and far. Accomplishing this requires a leader, first, to identify as a stewardship leader, and then follow through with attention to […]
Through the discipline of generosity we engage in the subversive kingdom ways of Jesus. The kingdom of God is more than just a simple reform of a flawed system. Jesus is calling us to move beyond mere improvements to existing structures, governments, economies, and cultures. The kingdom of God is an entirely new way to […]
A ‘temple talk” is one of the best ways to teach people about stewardship. Powerful temple talks occur when member of the congregation speaks during a worship service conveying a spiritual message on how God has been present in their lives and how that has led to generosity. Here are some ideas for great temple talks. From the Center for Steward Leadership at Luther Seminary. (Photo: Daniel Dionne, Creative Commons)