GENEROSITY & ABUNDANCE
Our Delaware-Maryland Synod Generosity Vision
As interrelated communities of faith called to Christ-centered living, we celebrate God’s grace by abundantly sharing our blessings and gifts locally and globally.
We believe generosity is characterized by a kindly spirit, liberal in giving and marked by abundance. It is part of being a child of God, a disciple of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. In conversation and connections with our synod leaders, we have come to understand the intersection of stewardship and spirituality as centered around the need to share blessings, a response to God’s blessings, an expression of God’s grace, and a Christ-centered spiritual discipline. In our work together, we hope to provide ways to share our generosity, create a culture of abundance and asset thinking, share stories of how generosity has transformed giver and receiver, provide resources to enrich congregational and individual giving, and identify tools for effective stewardship.
Check out the many ways to grow generosity and stewardship:
Congregational Generosity – Access methods and tools for year-round stewardship, annual appeals, inter-generational stewardship, understanding tithing, growing steward leaders, and so much more
Spiritual Gifts and Generosity – Identify spiritual gifts to enhance engagement and generosity
Mission Support– Understand the ways mission support transforms people and impacts ministry across our church
Telling a Story of Mission – Sometimes we call this Mission Interpretation. Consider ways to tell the story of generosity and ministry across our church
Giving Techniques – Find out about online and other giving practices and tools
Creation Care – Learn about how to get involved in care for creation initiatives
Planned Giving – Gather resources and contacts on endowments, legacy gifts and effective policies
TO COME SOON Personal Stewardship – Learn about resources to assist in managing personal finances and growing household giving
TO COME SOON The Bishop’s Circle of Giving – Inviting all individuals to join in being generous to our synod ministry, learn more about how to become a major giver and join our valuable Bishop’s Circle.
“I think that generosity has many levels. We have to think generously, speak generously, and act generously. Thinking well of others and speaking well of others is the basis for generous giving. It means that we relate to others as part of our “gen” or “kin” and treat them as family. Generosity cannot come from guilt or pity. It has to come from hearts that are fearless and free and are willing to share abundantly all that is given to us.” — Henri J. M. Nouwen in The Heart of Henri Nouwen by Rebecca Laird, editor, Michael J. Christensen, editor