The Mission Table for Stewardship and Support

The Mission Table for Stewardship and Support seeks to glorify God by assisting individuals and congregations to identify, develop, and use their resources to further the kingdom of God on earth.

Bishop Talmage Stewardship E-News July 1, 2015. In this issue Bishop Talmage offers links to stewardship presentations from the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy – “Stewardship Fusion” event held in June 2015 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Leawood, KS, recommended stewardship books and websites devoted to stewardship.

Ventures in Growing Stewards is a four part workshop series that develops a vision and  plan for growing stewards through a year round stewardship ministry.  The process is organic in that each congregation develops an approach to fit their context and culture.  With a trained leader provided by the synod, a cluster of six to eight congregations journey together for ten months.  Each congregation has a team of four to six people.  Eight different annual financial response alternatives are provided.  The results have included spiritual renewal, developing a team-based approach to ministry, increases in regular giving, and growth in mission interpretation and support.

For more than ten years, the ELCA has offered a workshop entitled Ventures.  Over this period more than 600 congregations and 3,000 leaders in more than thirty ELCA synods have learned how to grow faithful stewards and increase giving.  For many congregations this experience included moving from a “paying the bills” approach to stewardship to a healthier response of “living the mission”.

Click on the links below to read testimonies of two Grand Canyon Synod congregations on the importance of the Ventures program:

Bethlehem, Mesa
St. Andrew, Phoenix

Ventures in Growing Stewards Brochure
Ventures in Growing Stewards Flyer
Ventures in Growing Stewards Planning Process

For additional Information about the Ventures program or to register for upcoming informational meetings, please contact the Grand Canyon Synod Ventures trainer:  David Marz pastordavid@dreamwithus.com, 480.220.9273.

For more information about developing Stewardship in your congregation:

Cavanaugh, William T., Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008. A thought-provoking book that names the addiction our society has toward consumerism. We desire what we do not have, but God has given us more than we need.

Christopher, J Clif, Not Your Parents Offering Plate. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008. A good read for any stewardship team who wants to name and understand the changing trends in congregation life and giving.

Lane, Charles R., Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation, 2006. Probably the most read practical book by Lutheran pastors and stewardship leaders

Powell, Mark Allen, Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006. Read Powell’s book for a renewed theology in grasping what it means to be a steward. The book is packed with biblical quotes and insight which can assist in preaching and teaching.

Satterlee, Craig, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow. Herndon: The Alban Institute, 2011. This book belongs on any pastor’s list of books to read in order to preach a stewardship sermon that invites a congregation to increase their generosity as a response to the good news of God.