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In May, 2003, I bumped into Pastor Harris Lee at the Minneapolis Area Evangelical Lutheran Church Synodical Assembly. During our conversation he began to reflect on his "Theology of Stewardship."
I was intrigued and invited him to lunch so that I could hear him out and share his insights with you. The following are notes from our lunch conversation.
An article especially for new pastors to have a good pastoral mentor.
A Core Practice: Transparency with self and others regarding their relationship with money.
The following article summarizes a study of a Methodist Conference regarding the relationship between pastoral leadership and apportionment giving in a congregation.
This study illustrates that pastoral leadership is the key factor.
Core Leadership Skill:Motivate a faith community's stewardship journey through mission interpretation and gratitude for partnership.
The one absolutely most important factor in why people give is mission: People want to make the world a better place to live. They want to believe that they can truly make a difference for the better. There is embedded in us, it seems, a desire to finish out our work on this earth with a sense that we amounted to something. To sum it up, people want to be a part of something that changes lives.
God has big hands and generosity flows from those hands. They run over with abundant gifts for all people - no holding back, no sense of scarcity, no fear of giving too much, even the willingness to give to us the gift of Jesus. So when we give we do it with great joy and generosity because there is always more where that came from, in the hand of God.
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