LEADING A CULTURE OF YEAR-ROUND GENEROSITY:
Empowering Congregational Generosity & Stewardship teams
DUE TO BAD WEATHER FIRST SESSION CHANGED TO Saturday, FEBRuary 22ND, 2020 from 9am – 3:30PM*
Offered in the Delaware-Maryland Synod at First Ev. Lutheran Church, Ellicott City
*(This training includes three Saturdays, offered 2/22; 3/28; 4/25)
Cost: $1,000 per congregation
Come collaborate with congregations across our Delaware-Maryland Synod and join the Rev. Scott McKenzie from Horizon Stewardship as we dig deeper into applying year-round generosity practices and creating a tangible plan for each congregation. We will also create congregational accountability partners to support and learn from each other between training sessions.
- Common language and understanding of best generosity practices.
- Clergy and laity committed to implementing best practices.
- Generosity covenant to be presented to entire congregation.
- Creation and implementation of a year-round generosity plan.
- An effective working model for an annual fall campaign
Congregations that participate will include Pastor/Leader and a group of 4-8 stewardship leaders who are eager and ready to do year-round stewardship. We recommend these team members have the following qualities: a spirituality of gratitude, a history of generosity, a committed to Mission and Vision of the Church, willing to Witness to the Joy of Giving and when able willing to tithe or reach for a tithe.
Congregational stewardship begins with a healthy understanding of gratitude and generosity. We have first received and therefore we give. Developing a culture of gratitude and generosity is the focus for growing stewards in many congregations. Through the study of Scripture, we develop a trust in God’s abundance and strive to be faithful disciples and stewards. The formation of these stewards is a lifelong journey, and one in which we accompany each other.
We faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Although some think of stewardship as only a financial response to God’s love, stewardship encompasses so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.
box] We invite you to look through the following resources. Use them as tools to cultivate a culture of abundance and generosity.
- Stewardship 101: An Invitation to Financial Stewardship: This free e-book brings together perspectives on generosity, abundance, financial management, and electronic giving. The authors invite you to ponder the intersections of stewardship and mission, to explore what it means to cultivate a culture of gratitude, to recognize the power of effective storytelling, and to consider how stewardship might shape all of life, not just the money one gives to the church.
- How do we practice the shift from a mindset of scarcity to an expectation of sufficiency in light of the promise that God would wish for us to “have life, and have it abundantly”? We can do this by learning to identify assets anew, as a practice of our faith. Check out this article: “We Have What We Need” by Melissa Spas.
- 5 Practical Ways to Make Generosity a Priority in 2020: Explore how making a shift in the giving culture of your church will mean more disciples and more ministry. When these are aligned you will change the tenor of conversation at the leadership table from, “What do we have to do to survive?” to “What is God calling us to do next?” And that changes everything.
- 51 Ideas For A Year-Round Stewardship Program: This collection of ideas, created by the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana, provides easy to implement practices for year-round stewardship and generosity.
- Delaware-Maryland Synod Offering Celebration of Abundance and Generosity: A easy guide for creating an engaging and impactful offering during service.
- 50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign: A powerful list of ideas and strategies to make a successful annual campaign, by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership
- ELCA Stewards of God’s Love: a resource designed to equip you with themed activities, Bible verses, best practices and new ideas to ignite year-round stewardship in your congregation.
- The Generosity Project: This fun and engaging curriculum connects generations in our congregations and equips households as centers for faith practice in generosity. Many resources are available to offer this as 6 sessions and include great take-home activities to Live It Out! Feel free to contact Karen at [email protected] to ask about partnering to offer!
Luther Seminary Faith-Lead:Center for Stewardship Leaders is a learning hub where Christian public leaders discover how to deepen spiritual formation, engage is vital stewardship practices, build community, faithfully innovate, form disciples, and create and manage new models of ministry.
Every quarter, our ELCA Stewardship staff provide news and inspiration on good stewardship practices, books and resources. Check out the Fall 2019 edition!