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.
1 Corinthians 1:9 — “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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.”
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?’ ”
Philippians 1:5 — “I always thank God … because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”
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.
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.
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.