Creating Congregations of Generous People

Creating Congregations of Generous People is an easy-to-read book, suggesting that annual pledge drives inadvertently perpetuate low-level and same-level giving in congregations. The goal of this book is to aid pastors and lay leaders in initiating and sustaining effective stewardship ministries. Durall believes that asking for money eventually becomes routine, even tedious. However, nurturing a congregation […]

Enough

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is an invitation “to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices.” It’s a great devotional resource that can be used with the council, small groups, or as part of a sermon series or congregation-wide study. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when […]

Ask, Thank, Tell

Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation is a helpful “how to” guide for congregational leaders seeking to guide members into a more spiritual understanding of financial stewardship instead of seeing stewardship as a way to raise money for the budget. The goal of this book, says author Charles Lane, is to perform a […]

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship is a great resource to help congregational leaders rethink financial stewardship for the 21st century. It focuses on how churches, as non-profit organizations, can leverage the practices of other non-profit organizations that are better at fundraising and donor follow-up. People don’t give to church because […]

Stewardship Bulletin Insert

Your congregation’s ministry reaches far beyond your walls and even around the globe because of the mission support you give to the wider church. We want to say thank you. Stewardship bulletin insert Together we are making a difference in the world.

Committed to Christ

Committed to Christ is a six-week stewardship program that presents giving as a lifelong journey in Christian discipleship. Goals To engage the entire congregation in praying and growing together in faith To develop small groups that grow faith and bond the congregation together in strong friendships To welcome newcomers and close the back door of the […]

LEAD Assessment

Taking the assessment is an opportunity for your congregation to see where you are now and to identify next steps for moving forward, joining in God’s mission. A congregation that is committed to growing can use LEAD’s online Congregational Assessment to: Find its place on the leadership landscape Establish a baseline for the four growth indicators […]

Gift Planning Bulletin Insert

The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest (LFSW) provides services to ELCA congregations by offering ministry sustainability through building financial stewardship. Together with our synod, they provide a gift planner to congregational members. The gift planner provides private consultation to help individuals explore options for end-of-life stewardship planning. Gift Planning Bulletin Insert

Congregational Fundraising Campaign

Perhaps your congregation is inquiring about resources for a fundraising campaign. You can do it yourself if you have previous experience with campaigns, have members who have experience running campaigns, or have a compelling reason for the campaign (usually that’s new construction or an obvious need like a leaking roof) Ecumenical Stewardship Center New Consecration […]

Five Practices

Robert Schnase’s “Five Practices” are radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. Schnase is a Methodist bishop. The centerpiece is the book, “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations“. The leadership team reads this in advance of the series. There is tremendous synergy in getting a whole congregation doing the same […]