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Seeds
08/17/2010

Stewardship favorite

An all-time stewardship favorite has practical help for congregations planning their financial response programs. The 35-page guide "How to Improve Financial Stewardship" outlines the seven most popular financial response methods used by ELCA congregations: commitment at worship, relay, fellowship meal, small groups, mission festival, special event and personal visit. Each method includes a time line, brief job descriptions for leaders and other tips.

Five stewardship methods in one set

Ready to try a fresh approach to receiving member financial commitments each year? When your stewardship committee is considering the response method, provide a variety from which to choose.

Since its introduction, the annual stewardship magazine Giving has become a popular resource because of the innovative and easy-to-follow financial response method inside each issue. A collection of the stewardship response methods from the center of each of the first five issues of Giving magazine is now available.

The "Giving Magazine Response Method Set" contains these five stewardship resources, each with detailed planning guides: "Dessert First: Celebrating God's Blessings," "Share the Gift," "All God's Children Need to Give," "Let God Lead As You Gather and Give: A Guide for Discernment," and "Remember: Year-Long Stewardship Emphasis."

Stewardship Institute e-newsletter

The Stewardship of Life Institute at the ELCA's Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg has a weekly electronic newsletter, SOLI/Update.

SOLI/Update gives subscribers links to the latest materials on the institute's website, which are added weekly, as well as a message exclusively available to subscribers.

On the website, pastors and laypeople will find a wide variety of practical and inspirational resources to promote stewardship as a faithful response of gratitude to God's abundant generosity.

The Stewardship of Life Institute is an ELCA-affiliated nonprofit organization devoted to teaching, inspiring and equipping Christians to live out stewardship as more than just financial support of the church.

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