Stewardship, at its core, is about relationship. It is about our relationship with God, our relationship with our money, our relationship with our calendars, neighbors, and even ourselves.
Churches sometimes focus stewardship on the church budget or financial giving. Stewardship is sometimes looked at as a form of fundraising. Yet ultimately, stewardship is not about money. It is about living generously.
Generosity is a sign of those growing as followers of Christ. When we encounter Jesus, we begin to live more like him, being extravagantly generous with everything we have for the sake of the world, including our priorities, our wealth, and our very selves.
Resources to better understand stewardship:
- Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship
- Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation
- Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
- Creating Congregations of Generous People
- Other stewardship resources
“…you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful gives.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:7
Congregations are encouraged to view stewardship as a year-round ministry. This could look like:
- Begin the year with a sermon series on setting healthy habits, including personal spending
- Prior to the beginning of the summer, communicate (newsletter, Sunday announcements, mailed letter, social media, etc.) to encourage scheduled online giving
- Send out financial giving statements to each household with a note from the pastor thanking and celebrating ministry the church is doing together
- In the fall, have a congregational stewardship campaign as part of a series on spiritual practices or discipleship
If you would like assistance with developing a year-round stewardship ministry, please contact the synod office.