by Shelley Cunningham, '98
"God loves a cheerful giver," writes Paul in 2 Corinthians. A new challenge gift will help Luther Seminary educate and inspire its graduates to be cheerful givers themselves, so they can, in turn, lead their congregations to lives of abundance in Christ. The gift, which was introduced with the launch of the Called and Sent Campaign in May, will support the seminary's efforts to emphasize generosity and practical financial intelligence. Called "The Fund for Financial Leadership in Christian Communities," the gift will be a part of the seminary's initiative for congregational mission and leadership.
The goal is to raise $1.25 million dollars, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor with a deep passion for stewardship and who recognizes that the church needs to be more intentional about training leaders who share that passion.
The match ends Dec. 31, 2007. "Generosity is something you learn. Most people instinctively hold on to their money," said Glenn Taibl, major gifts consultant in the office of seminary relations. "But God's vision for us is that we would live lives of generosity that flow from the abundance of God's gifts to us. If our students haven't learned generosity from someone, they need to, so they can live out of their abundance.
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