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  • Author: Michael Meier, Coordinator for Mission Support for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Updated: 06/24/2008
  • Copyright: Copyright ښ 2004 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (ELCA), 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.800/638-3522. Permission is granted to photocopy this resource provided copies are for local use only and each copy carries all copyright acknowledgments found in the publication.


Session 1:  Starts With Receiving

Session 2:  Not Counting the Cost

Session 3:  The Great Struggle Between Generosity and Greed

Session 4:  The Spiritual Power of Generosity

This study will work best in a small group of five to 12 people. Such a group can focus on the Scripture texts and on sharing their own personal experiences. While the content of these sessions is important, the proڸcess of telling one's own "giving stories" and encouragڸing one another is at least as important.

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  • Author: The Living Simple Network
  • Updated: 06/24/2008
  • Copyright: The Living Simple Network

Take Back Your Time is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.

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  • Author: The Center for Parish Development
  • Updated: 06/24/2008
  • Copyright: ښ1999 Center for Parish Development, All Rights Reserved

The Center for Parish Development is an ecumenical, missional, research, consulting, and teaching agency founded by a consortium of mission agencies, theological seminaries, and regional church bodies.

The mission of the Center is to discover how the church in general and the local church in particular can learn to discern and participate in God's mission more faithfully and effectively, and to provide counsel and resources to facilitate that transformational process.

The Center carries out this mission by forming dynamic learning partnerships in which the church's life and mission are brought into conversation with theological and organizational systems research, and by sharing with others what we learn in these partnerships.

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Christmas gift alternative

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  • Author: Calculator provided by Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Updated: 06/24/2008

If you'd like some assistance in calculating proportional giving, here are two valuable tools. Either or both may be helpful in considering the financial commitment you believe is appropriate.

The first calculates percentages of your total income, making it easy to figure how much to contribute on a regular basis

The second makes it possible to determine what proportion/percentage of total income you are currently contributing through the church.