1. Being a well Rounded Steward
Create a “Whole Steward” calendar as a centerpiece for encouraging year-round and holistic stewardship. Highlight six aspects of stewardship that are reinforced thematically throughout the year and across existing and new activities: Mind, Body, Spirit; Personal Relationships; Giving; Growing Community Partnerships; Caring & Serving; Gratitude; and Earth-keeping. The whole steward concept will come to life as a stand-alone calendar, messages in the newsletter and through social media, a way to highlight ministry activities, an organizing mechanism for the annual stewardship fair, and as a piece of the Building Blocks of Faith stewardship 2012 campaign.
We are hoping to educate the congregation that EVERYTHING they do is a result of a gift from a good and gracious God. Our hope is that members will realize that there is hard work and intentional planning to be a good steward of their health, for example. There are many steps to take to become healthy. Once they realize this for something tangible like health, they will also realize that there are many steps and intentionality required to become a good financial steward as well. Initially, measurement will be from casual conversations evaluating changing attitudes toward the meaning of stewardship.
2. Having a Healthy Relationship with Money
Create Augustana’s version of the Money Autobiography to be introduced in groups and integrated into activities and conversation through:
- Individual reflection
- Panel discussions in Adult Forum
- Share autobiography stories in Augustana staff, Church Council, and Stewardship Committee meetings
- Share autobiographies in small group ministries
- Integrate money autobiography discussion in youth ministry
- Share the tool and encourage discussion through social media – such as the website, Facebook, YouTube,
Integrate money autobiography discussions into the annual stewardship campaign
Offer Financial Peace University courses to members – particularly to young families. Personally invite members to participate in the initial course and to facilitate future courses. The biblical framework of these sessions provide meaning for how members spend, save and give and also contribute to the goal of reaching "the whole steward." "Financial Snapshots" provided by FPU can be filled out 3 times over the course of the class and will provide a means to measure the impact of the class. In addition, we will ask participants to share the impact of the experience.
We want members to understand what it means to have a healthy relationship with money. That needs to start with understanding how you feel about money and then offering a method for helping members manage money responsibly.
3. Living in Gratitude
Once members begin to focus on what they have versus what they don’t have, they will feel the freedom to give to the church in order to further God’s work in the world. Living in gratitude helps people evaluate their lifestyle and simplify. We hope to measure progress by noticing less talk about what people lack and more talk of what they have.
- As we move to the narrative lectionary this year, highlight gratitude through messaging monthly themes that align with the lectionary.
- Focus on gratitude as one of the six aspects of stewardship identified in the Whole Steward calendar. Incorporate expanding our culture of gratitude into the strategic roadmap (as part of our ongoing strategic planning process).
- Explore the formation of a Gratitude Team to more intentionally focus on shaping a culture of gratitude. Focus on gratitude as one of the six aspects of stewardship identified in the Whole Steward calendar.