Vital Churches Inspire Generosity
Every season is stewardship season!
Stewardship isn't just a matter of "raising money": it's cultivating a deep awareness that spiritual growth and generosity are intimately connected. And, of course, generosity and vitality go hand in hand: each nurtures the other.
There's no better time than a new year to begin a ministry of year-round stewardship. God gives us abundant gifts each day of every year, and asks us to take good care of those gifts, and to share them generously. Many churches ask their members in the fall to consider their response to God's generosity by pledging to support the ministry of the church in the coming year. But every season – including winter, spring, and summer – is a time to grow spiritually, for our gratitude to grow deeper and our hopes to grow higher, our embrace to grow wider … all in response to God's abundant blessings. So our stewardship module this quarter introduces a new United Church of Christ resource for the spirituality of stewardship:
A Year of Living Generously
Stewards in the Household of God: A Resource for Holistic Year-Round Stewardship
Recognizing that stewardship is more than money, and that every season is indeed "stewardship season," this resource provides monthly themes (stewards of the environment, of our gifts, of our relationships, of responsible freedom, and more) with a theological reflection, suggested leaders for the month, ideas and activities, and a listing of helpful resources. Churches can be centers of hope and transformation through a year of living generously, and this resource offers a month-by-month program for reflection and spiritual growth.
There's also a new year-round stewardship page on ucc.org with additional resources that will continue to grow in the months ahead.
2008 Stewardship Theme Materials
For 2008, we have sets of fund-raising materials on the theme, "The World of the Generous Gets Larger and Larger." Based on Proverbs 11:24 (The Message,) the materials include posters, bulletin inserts, time and talent cards, pledge cards, note cards, and stationary each with the inspiring theme and art work. Worship Resources for Stewardship Theme 2008 materials are coordinated with the theme materials and the lectionary readings for these Sundays.
To order a print version of the entire resource, call 800-537-3394 or visit to UCPress.com
to order item SCSHG. Prices are $6.95 each or $4.95 each for three or more copies.
And we'll continue our Stewardship Forum, "Ask Kate: Cool Conversations on Hot Topics in Giving." If you have questions or a good idea that you'd like to share with others, please join in!
Stewards in the Household of God: February
Offering Invitations for Ordinary Time 2008: A Season of Green
Stewardship resources at ucc.org/stewardship
Archive of Fall 2007 Stewardship resources