stewardship resources


Spring up and give stewardship resource pack

Spring is a beautiful experience of resurrection-happening in real time. Let’s cultivate an opportunity for disciples to respond by giving above and beyond, so they might join in the way God brings the earth back to life in the spring and watch God’s kingdom bloom in amazing ways before our eyes.


Menu of Items Included for Your Use:

1. Graphic for Social Media Theme Posts

Use this theme graphic (attached as a png and jpg) to let people know by social media posts that you are encouraging special spring gifts

2. Graphic for Facebook Cover Photo

Change your congregation’s Facebook cover photo to help make the series more visible and create continuity

3. Giving Postcard Bulletin Insert

Include this giving card in a bulletin one week or all the weeks of your series. Or pass it out during worship at the time of the offering, or have them available at a special table, whatever works best in your context. Consider a creating a bulletin insert or other way of recognizing the gifts given (similar to the way many congregations acknowledge the gift of Easter lilies or Christmas poinsettias.)

4. Mother’s Day Card Postcard

Make these available at a table with volunteers to receive gifts (consider providing a card reader for gifts by credit/debit card), or include in the bulletin, or hand out in worship, whatever works best in your context. People can give in honor of mom, grandma, mother of their children, or those who have been mother figures in their life!

5. Garden of Giving Cutouts

Choose which of these garden images you’d like to use (even use them all!) to encourage and recognize special one-time gifts. The raindrop can be used in tandem with a laptop station for people to sign up for regular online giving or increase their automatic gift. Post these shapes (cut out or left as a whole page) on a bulletin board, or on the wall, or running down a hallway as a visible symbol of the special spring gifts given. (Think Children’s Miracle Network paper balloons hung up at a store.) Consider printing on colored paper or providing materials to decorate the shapes.


what is stewardship?

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 Jessica at 701.232.3381

stewardship resources

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.  


November for NL

November for RCL

October for NL

October for RCL

September for NL

September for RCL

September Snippet


Archives:

December

January

February for NL

February for RCL

March for NL 

March for RCL

Easter Snippet

April for NL

April for RCL

May for NL

May for RCL

May Snippet

June for NL

June for RCL

June Snippet

July for NL

July for RCL

August for NL

August for RCL

August Snippet




Resources from October 2017 Stewardship event

Grace Pomroy: 

Good Samaritan presentation

Generations presentation


Chick Lane:

A Biblical Look at Stewardship

4 Quick Suggestions for Congregational Stewardship


Webcasts

March 2017 Stewardship Webcast


Book Recommendations:

  • 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

synod endowment fund

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

5.Leadership Development


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.  


See Resource Guide and Brochure for more details.