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  • Author: Jonathan Reitz is CEO at CoachNet North America.
  • Updated: 09/18/2009
  • Copyright: Stewardship Resources, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.  Any part of Salt Seasonings can be reproduced for local use with attribution.

    Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and used by permission.

Different generations reflect different types of givers within a congregation.

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  • Author: Christian Smith is a Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame University.  Michael O. Emerson is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University.
  • Updated: 08/26/2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-533711-2
  • Copyright: Oxford

In a sociological study of American Christians, the authors search for an answer to the question:  "Why do Christians in the United States not give away their money much more generously than they do?"

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Paul Larsen of Christ the Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, MN. wrote: "Every year we ask people to prayerfully consider what they will give in terms of time, talent and money to support the mission and ministry of Christ the King.  Here is a set of brief devotions to help you engage in that prayerful consideration.  Please gather with family and/or friends to read and reflect on the items below.  If that is not possible they can be used in private, individual times of meditation and prayer.  Conclude with a prayer asking God to let this "word for the day" help you to let your light shine brighter."

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  • Author: Tuck Aaker s a lay business person with a mission to grow stewards through coaching, consulting and writing on behalf of synods and the ELCA.
  • Updated: 07/24/2009
  • Copyright: Editor--SUNSHINE STEWARDSHIP
    E-Letter with Creative Ideas
    Editor-- Tuck Aaker

The ability to accept change is about mentally "moving over" the old ways of doing something and looking at another option for achieving the same or a better result. The focus of your leadership should always be on your mission! If there are different ways to achieve better results to achieve it --- you need to make those changes! That's when you often hear, "but it isn't in the budget!" I have great respect for budgeting and it's a necessary part of being sound financially, but it isn't "cast in concrete" and needs to be treated as a spending plan --- not the end of every financial discussion.

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  • Author: Tuck Aaker s a lay business person with a mission to grow stewards through coaching, consulting and writing on behalf of synods and the ELCA.
  • Updated: 07/23/2009
  • Copyright: Editor--SUNSHINE STEWARDSHIP
    E-Letter with Creative Ideas
    Editor-- Tuck Aaker

Too many of our congregations think they are successful if they hold worship services, observe the special church holidays, pay their bills and mail some checks to charitable organizations and their denomination. That's the easy part --- the format for the real work! The real job is to convert those people into disciples --- that's our real mission!

Update

Adam CopelandAdam Copeland serves as director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders.

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