In addition to the ministry of forming faithful and generous disciples, congregations are also called to address the real resource needs of healthy faith communities. Recognizing that the first step in any stewardship conversation is the mission conversation, we seek to be clear about this starting point. Before we ask the question “How are we going to pay for this,” we should ask, “What is God calling us to do in this place?”
People not yet in the church are more likely to be drawn to a community of faith engaged in the world than they are to meeting the requirements of the bills. People are less likely to give to institutions and more to causes to which they feel connected. They want to see the impact of their generosity.
Still, congregations have bills to pay. In addition to theological perspective, the synod offers practical resources on such things as online giving, narrative budgets, estate planning, and capital campaigns.
God calls the baptized to share their whole lives in love for the neighbor. In thanksgiving for the gift of Jesus Christ, we respond to the abundance of God’s grace by expressing our gratitude in every aspect of our lives.