Congregational StewardshipEvents and Resources
Narrative Budget Guide
Looking to try something different with stewardship discussions in your congregation? If so, check out our Narrative Budget Guide. With a narrative budget, you tell—or better yet, show—members how their gifts are being used and the difference they’re making, using stories and photos to highlight the connection between mission, ministry, and means in your congregation. The budget then becomes part of a bigger congregational story about your life in Christ, not just a list of line-item figures.
The guide includes step-by-step suggestions, Scripture verses on stewardship, and an example of a simple narrative budget. Please feel free borrow any text that might be useful in creating your own guide. (If you need an editable version, contact Kris Bruss, communications specialist, at email@example.com.)
Placed for a Purpose Bible Studies and Sermons
Placed for a Purpose is a four-session stewardship series that focuses on our vocation as Christian stewards, called to serve our neighbors. Using the framework of Luther’s three estates of church, state, and home, the series explores the following questions: What does the Bible say about serving our neighbors in various spheres of life? Who are our neighbors? What do they need? How can we help?
Please feel free to use the resources below in whatever way they’re most helpful. If you have any questions about the study or the materials, contact Rev. Dan Galchutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MissionInsite reports are FREE demographic studies sponsored by LCEF and available through the District. These reports provide an overview of a community based on population trends, economic factors, attitudes of residents, and more. Congregations can request reports by zip code or within a certain distance of their location. To request a report, contact Janet Powell in the District Office at email@example.com.
For more information on demographic support offered by LCEF, visit the demographics page of LCEF.org.
LCMS Resource: Stewardship from A-Z
The LCMS Stewardship Ministry page is filled with helpful resources for stewardship, including a collection of “A-Z” PDFs on the topic. The PDFs are organized into four sections:
Theology of Stewardship
Bible Studies, Sermons and Pastoral Aids
Nuts and Bolts
Options are available to download the whole collection or just single sections.
Lutheran Companion to Financial Peace University
Is your congregation interested in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University? If so, check out the new companion guide from LCMS Stewardship: Preview and Review of Financial Peace University, by Rev. Jonathan Conner. The guide aims to supplement FPU by reminding participants of the Lutheran perspective on God’s gifts even as they’re encouraged to work through the practical wisdom of Ramsey’s “baby steps” approach.
You can find the resource on the LCMS Stewardship page.
Recommended for Pastors: The Chief Steward
Looking for something new to read on stewardship? Rev. Nathan Meador of LCMS Stewardship Ministry recommends The Chief Steward: A Manual on Pastoral Leadership by J.E. Hermann. The manual was published in 1951, but Rev. Meador says it’s still worth a read today. The 68-page manual devotes chapters to Christian stewardship, the pastor as chief steward, pastoral leadership, and “the parish program,” among others.
To access a free downloadable copy, click HERE.
Generosity Resources from Thrivent
Engaging Generations Through Generosity is a three-hour interactive workshop based on research from the Barna Group on generosity and engagement. To learn more or to request a workshop in your area, visit the Engaging Generations Through Generosity website.
For Individuals and Church Professionals: Generosity Expressions
Interested in better understanding your own generosity or the culture of generosity in your church? Thrivent offers assessment tools that highlight five major ways in which people express their generosity, including hospitality, gifts (non-monetary), service and volunteering, emotional support, and monetary gifts. To learn more, click the link below.