In these unknown times, it is important to see and experience God's boundless generosity, give thanks for the gifts God gives us, and then reflect that generosity through our own lives.
As we are reminded in 1 Peter 4:7-11 (The Message), even during these times, "take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!"
We're hopeful that the following resources will lift us all up as faithful stewards.
Short Stewardship Videos to inspire and educate - StewardCast!
Financial Strength Through Uncertain Times, six session podcast sponsored by Novus Way with Mike Ward. Free!
Key Ways to Keep Stewardship Strong During Uncertain Times, a short video by GSB's Mike Ward
Tithe.ly - With the tools you need to increase giving, manage your congregation, and engage your members, actively participating in God’s work has never been easier. Did you know Tithe.ly has discovered over the last three years:
72% of electronic giving is done via a mobile app
20% of electronic giving is done online and 7% via text
72% of contributions are made on days other than Sunday
50% of dollars contributed are by recurring gifts from 15% of households
85% higher giving is received by congregations that use the Tithe.ly subscription package.
This information highlights both opportunities and challenges for congregation.
Vanco Give Plus - ELCA congregations will receive special discounted rates from Vanco on new or additional GivePlus eGiving services.
Due to COVID-19, the Synod's G2: Generosity and Gratitude Workshops have been canceled until further notice. Have no fear, though! Below are all the resources you need to begin conversations in your congregation around Generosity and Gratitude.
From the Generosity Project:
Giving and Getting Game - a game for all ages that involves either M&Ms or Trix, plus teaches us about stewardship. What a combo!
Litany of Gratitude - a beautiful way to end a discussion about generosity or to be used any time we feel truly grateful.
The Southeastern Synod is incredibly pleased to announce that a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, matched by funds from our synod, will provide up to $80K to assist with the educational debt of rostered ministers, plus train and support for congregations who need stewardship assistance.
This is a great all-in-one resource for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communication and education needs. You’ll find short “Stewardship Snippets” for every Sunday’s bulletin and articles for your monthly newsletter or website – all ready to cut and paste! Plus, this webpage is an outstanding link to other ELCA and ecumenical stewardship resources.
Looking for a stewardship program that is FUN? Works in all sizes of congregations? Encourages intergenerational communication? Is free? The Generosity Project is an intergenerational, household-focused approach to stewardship. Its goals are to connect generations, create centers for the faith practice of generosity, and grow in God’s grace generation to generation. Downloads are here.
A plethora of stewardship resources provided by the ELCA. Check out especially: