Big picture thinking plus practical resources for stewardship and giving. Diane Wright and Carolyn Moomaw Chilton share their wisdom in this free webinar.
Charitable giving in the U.S. continues to grow, and e-Giving is by far the preferred method. How can churches make e-giving an option for parishioners of all ages?
Will our children be generous? Will they give to others and to the church? Children's stewardship starts when adults and churches model generosity.
Encouraging generous giving is a year-round project, and an opportunity to build relationships and highlight ministry. Try these spring stewardship tips.
The word ‘stewardship’ means different things to different people, and our exclusive use of it confuses people. A recent survey at the church where I work showed this! Sure, the word fundraising has a negative connotation in this culture, but that is what we’re doing – raising funds to support the mission of the church. If Henri Nouwen can use the word fundraising, we can too!
I have been collecting and occasionally devising creative youth fundraising ideas, which I want to share with you. But before I handing over my crib sheet, I want to stress the importance of thinking local when you do fundraising.
On Thanksgiving and throughout the year, these activities can help teach children – and the whole family – gratitude. It makes us happier and healthier. Here you’ll find some ideas for practicing gratitude in the Sunday school classroom, children’s chapel, and in the home.
A list of specific strategies and actions for churches to help children learn the value of giving, sharing, and becoming stewards.
Above and beyond church giving, it is good to give children chances to give voluntarily to projects that excite them.
Throughout the years a familiar storyline has been what kinds of gifts can be brought to the Babe by those who aren’t Magi, or who don’t have resources. What, for example, can you bring that rivals gold, frankincense or myrrh?
Believing in the true spirit of Christmas, I commit myself to... * Remember those people who truly need my gifts * Express my love in more direct ways than gifts * Examine my holiday activities in the light of my deepest values * Be a peacemaker within my circle of family and friends * Rededicate myself to my spiritual growth
"Conscious Collecting" as a way to describe our intention when we introduce an outreach ministry and collect a special offering toward that chosen ministry. We look for resources that will teach our children and youth the importance of giving from our abundance to people living in scarcity.
Would Jesus likely be a vegetarian today? Does the Bible say anything about vegetarianism? Is eating meat sinful? What does it mean to "eat mercifully"?
Conversation starters for talking with children about money, keeping stewardship a part of the conversation all year long.
Hidden in the concept of "God's share" and "our share" is the misbegotten notion that we are done thinking about stewardship once we have tithed. That we are done thinking about God's will and God's ways once we have written our checks to charity.
Planning for the end of life is an important part of living life in the Christian understanding. We are called to witness, even in death, to the new life that God gives in Christ through his death and resurrection.
How can we ignore the sights and sounds of Christmas bombarding us, and focus on this holy time? How can we give in the true spirit of Christ?
Ideas for children and stewardship. How can we teach children joyful giving? Suggestions for churches and households, including children's pledge card.
Autumn is around the corner. Most of us are ready for a nip in the air, apple cider, dazzling foliage, pumpkins—and an end to hurricanes and wildfires. For many Christian communities, celebrating the change of seasons are occurring within the church doors as well.
Stewardship extends far beyond money; it is indeed our responsibility to care for everything that God has given us, including our own gifts and talents—our treasures.