The Stewardship Table seeks to glorify God by assisting individuals and congregations to identify, develop, and use their resources to further the kingdom of God on earth.
Narrative Spending Plan
Here are two companion files that will help you explain how the money sent to the Grand Canyon Synod is utilized for ministry. GCS Narrative Spending Plan PowerPoint (link) has speaker’s notes and the GCS Narrative Spending Plan pdf is a handout to accompany the slide show. (Here also is a link to the ELCA’s Narrative Spending plan: http://elca.org/Resources/Stewardship WDMOG Infographic 8.5×11)
Your congregation, council, and new members are curious to know ‘Where Does My Offering Go?’ and will celebrate what God is doing through their congregation’s giving to the Grand Canyon Synod and the ELCA!
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.