Sample Annual Financial Commitment Programs
Go and See (Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
Go and See is a Sunday morning mission fair inspired by the miracle of loaves and fishes. This festival approach encourages participants in a sense of discovery and wonder – discovering the gifts God has given us, and wondering at the joy and increase the Holy Spirit brings when we offer those gifts in service to the world. Worshipers begin together in worship, move into the fair, and then offer their estimates of giving for God’s work through the church. Order at http://www.stewardshipresources.org or 1-855-278-4372
Enough (Adam Hamilton)
Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is an invitation to rediscover the Bible on simplifying our lives, overcoming fear and experiencing contentment. The four weeks explore When dreams become nightmares, Wisdom and finance, Cultivating contentment, and Defined by generosity. The Stewardship Program Guide discusses the role of money related to our life-purpose and impacting the world. It includes a plan and timeline for a worship series and group study; sermon outlines, video, and worship PowerPoints; ways to include the congregation; and a DVD with Hamilton’s introduction, sermon excerpts, and clips from financial leaders.
Found Faithful (Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
Found Faithful is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 with additional readings from the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:9), the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45), and the parable of the ten pounds (Luke 19:17). It examines our call to be faithful and how we can be faithful in little, with much, and with all. Resources include sample packet, theme materials, and a digital Companion Resource. From 1-855-278-4372 or http://www.stewardshipresources.org
A Disciple’s Path (James Harnish)
A Disciple’s Path combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the spiritual disciplines expressed in our membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry to transform their own lives, the lives of others, and the world. Boxed kit has a Daily Workbook with six weeks of daily readings (five per week), Companion Reader, Leader’s Program Guide with CD-ROM, and samples of related products. Core theme is Loving God / Loving Others.
Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity (Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
Based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, this program invites us to give time to listen to God’s voice, fellowship with others, examine and use our talents, and joyfully offer our financial support to God’s work. The stewardship emphasis “Percentage Living” encourages a holistic approach to stewardship through giving time, talents, financial resources, and worship to God. Resources include sample packet, theme materials, and a digital Companion Resource, from http://www.stewardshipresources.org.
(Faithful, Hopeful, Loving) (Clark Hargus)
Stewardship in the Small Membership Congregation has been used by small membership North American congregations for more than two decades. Three Sundays focus on being Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving. Resources include an overview, a six-session Bible study, Sunday school or small group study lessons, worship service materials and a congregational stewardship emphasis plan. Receive it via e-mail in .pdf format from ESC at 1-855-278-4372 or http://www.stewardshipresources.org. Purchase includes permission to copy and distribute materials for your congregation.
Grace and Gratitude (UMFoundation of the Pacific Northwest)
This FREE four-week worship series draws on Scripture and Wesleyan theology to explore stewardship as a life-encompassing response to God’s grace. It includes four complete worship services (including prayers, sermon resources, and children’s sermons); timelines; response cards; and other resources to enrich your church’s perception and practice of stewardship. Go to http://www.nwumf.org, then click on Stewardship Emphasis.