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.
- 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.ox
- 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
Every quarter, our ELCA Stewardship staff provide news and inspiration on good stewardship practices, books and resources. Check out the Summer 2019 edition!