Stewardship means "belonging to God" - all that are and all that have comes from God. We are grateful to God for it all, and responsible to God for how we use it. Stewardship is a relationship to family, self, nature, work, friends, country, church and God. Stewardship defines your love, caring and responsibility for what is important in your life. Stewardship produces fruit, effort, labor, resources and month for the subjects of your care.
There is a connection between stewardship and spirirtuality: generous giving as a spiritual disciple helps us to grow in Christ. Stewardship makes theological and worldly sense of all you have been given. Stewardship takes your treasurer and allocates it at your heart's direction.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21 NRSV
Questions about Stewardship?
Contact Shar at 701.952.6754
Contemplating Stewardship - short stewardship messages corresponding with the NL and RCL texts assigned for each week. These short snippets can be used in a variety of ways; as bulletin blurbs, newsletter notes, or starters for your own stewardship thoughts for the week.
Resources from October 2017 Stewardship event
- Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation by Charles Lane
- How Much is Enough: A Deeper Look at Stewardship in an Age of Abundance edited by Catherine Malosky
- New Consecration Sunday by Herb Miller
- Not Your Parents' Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher
- Giving to God by Mark Allan Powell
- DVD: Biblical Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight with Dr. Mark Allan Powell
- DVD:Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight by Mark Allan Powell
The Eastern North Dakota "Synod Endowment Fund to sustain rural ministry and enhance quality pastoral leadership" was established by the EaND synod council in 2000. The fund is intended to maintain viable ministries and sustain congregations in rural eastern North Dakota. This can be accomplished by providing financial encouragement for those considering seminary attendance and also enhancing the overall compensation of rostered leaders serving within our synod, particularly those encumbered by substantial student loan debt.
Purposes of the Fund:
1.Scholarship Aid for Seminarians
2.Student Loan Repayment Aid Program
3.Pension Equity Program
4.Rural Internship Assistance
Through several large individual gifts (including a lead gift of $600,000), and proceeds of annual Synod Endowment Sunday offerings, the fund has grown to over $3.3 million by September 30, 2014. This generous support has resulted in payouts of about $1.25 million to pastors and seminarians through the end of 2014.
Pastors serving within our synod may apply for grants with a deadline of March 15 and will be notified annually of this opportunity. Seminarians from Eastern North Dakota need not apply and will receive grants of up to $4,000 per year.