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May 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
The following event is being hosted by Wenatchee First UMC. If scheduling is better for you, it will be held on May 16th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wenatchee as well. There is no fee but there will be a free will offering. For additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 509-663-1607.
The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek , Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving
In the changing economic climate in which we find ourselves, attending to the way we listen to our people, engaging them in financial support of our congregations, thanking them for their gifts, and reporting on how their financial support transforms lives, is more important than ever. Stewardship University is an educational opportunity for just that kind of reorientation. True stewardship is all about perceiving what we are and what we have as gifts from God. From these gifts, we generously–“with gladness and singleness of heart”–share a portion of them with the people and the world around us, rather than seeing them merely as possessions to be hoarded and guarded at all costs.
In its best light, Stewardship becomes a foundational principle, if not THE organizing principle, of the Christian life. We are stewards of the mysteries of God, stewards of one another, stewards of the world in which we are planted, stewards of our time, our treasure and personal skills, gifts and abilities. Attend a Stewardship University (“Stew U”) to find out how that approach to stewardship becomes increased financial support for your congregation.
What You Pass On (pdf)
Gratitude Boxes (pdf)
Generic Pledge Form (Word document)
Top Five Books by Importance for All Clergy and Lay Leaders to read about Stewardship; ALL should be read, especially by CLERGY! 1. Charles R. Lane – Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in your Congregation 2. J. Clif Christopher – Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship 3. Michael Durall – Creating Congregations of Generous Givers 4. J. Clif Christopher – Whose Offering Plate Is It: New Strategies for Financial Stewardship 5. Michael Durall – Beyond the Collection Plate: Overcoming Obstacles to Faithful Giving
Spiritual Gift Inventories
Finding Your Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment (from ELCA)
SpiritualGiftsTest.com (includes Adult and Youth inventories)
Questions? Please contact:
The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek