Stewardship Ministry

Reversing the Trend

Declining support is a sad reality that most Christian congregations, including LCMS congregations, are facing in post-Christian, 21st-century North America. But the LCMS English District is addressing that trend.

StewardCAST Newsletter – December 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, stewardship is viewed through the periscope of the Christmas season and how God’s greatest Gift to His people that first Christmas is the prime example for how we are to maintain and use the good gifts He continues to give us. Knowing that God’s gift of His son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, is for all generations, our faithful response to this gift through our individual and congregational stewardship allows for the sharing of this great Gift for all generations.

Stewardship Bulletin Sentences and Newsletter Articles – January 2015

Each month, LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry creates bulletin sentences and newsletter articles that can be included in congregational church bulletins and monthly newsletters, respectively.

The faithfulness of God

1 Corinthians 1:9 — “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

First things first

Deuteronomy 8:3 — “…that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

Sheep do sheep works

Matthew 25:44 — “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ ”

Partners with God

Philippians 1:5 — “I always thank God … because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”

StewardCAST Newsletter – November 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, the concern that stewardship and the words associated with it have been weighed down and hindered over the years due to fundraising gimmicks is discussed. Because of the confusion that has and continues to encircle this Biblical concept, the teaching of it has become less than precise. Making sure this concept is used under its proper context will ensure that it does not become functionally meaningless in congregations.

A Holy Calling

Stewardship is not merely a money problem. LCMS Stewardship Ministry helps pastors and congregations teach the Word of God, so that Christians can become joyful, Gospel-motived givers in all aspects of their lives.

Steward’s Corner: Cutting Unnecessary Costs

Two years ago, giving to the Global Mission Fund was promoted as a new, efficient way to support our Synod’s national and international Witness, Mercy, Life Together work. We made a commitment to steward your gifts wisely, and we strive to maximize the “deployable” portion of every gift.

Faith leads to action

Matthew 25:4 — “….but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”

Imitating God’s Generosity

Each month Stewardship Ministry produces a newsletter article suitable for congregational use. Here is an excerpt from this month’s article on imitating the generosity of our Heavenly Father.

Focus: Stewardship – November 2014

Christian stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and that “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Tim. 6:7 ESV).

Stewardship Resources – December 2014

Each month, LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry creates bulletin sentences and newsletter articles that can be included in congregational church bulletins and monthly newsletters, respectively.

Reaping what you sow

Matthew 5:7 — “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Stewardship: Bible Basics

This month we focus on stewardship — using the gifts that God has given us for His purposes according to the various vocations He has assigned us in Home, Church, and Society.