Financial Empowerment Classes

Working towards increasing stewardship practices and leadership principles (i.e., our biblically grounded recognition of God’s abundance), while also expanding perspectives and leadership skills.  Results will include tangible outcomes as participants set monthly goals throughout the process, as well as a celebration of accomplishments upon completion. The process includes:

  • Peer learning through collaborative webinars and personalized goals
  • Individualized action plans based on ministry context and personal gifts

Content will include selected readings, videos, and worksheets addressing both personal and ministry financial stewardship topics. Content delivery methods include reading assignments, videos, webinars, ministry-setting exercises, and other experiential engagement processes. Next Class beginning Mid-September. See Pr. Rebel for more information.

Six Weeks of Money

Six weekly lessons to learn a simple and biblical approach to managing money. A theologically grounded small group video series to be used with councils and teams. 

  • Learn why budgets fail and discover the freedom of living within your means
  • Practical wisdom to change your financial mindset
  • Live with greater self-awareness by understanding the 8 areas of money emotions
  • Set goals and make a simple plan for next week, next month, and next year
  • Experience freedom and generosity without guilt or shame
  • The exact, step-by-step plan to eliminate debt and save more
  • Use the 7 Money Moves to create a system that results in a mindset of abundance
  • Practical worksheets to make the lessons applicable today  

Cultivating Generous Congregations

Change your church’s culture of generosity through Cultivating Generous Congregations, where leaders and their congregations learn to build a culture of generosity using both “in person via Zoom group learning” as well as “individual” learning to present the full content of CGC.  Lessons Include:

  • Generosity in Contacts
  • Theology of Money
  • Congregation’s Foundation and Best Practice
  • The leadership of Equipping people
  • Donors and Members
  • Fundraising as Ministry    

CGC participants and instructors meet four times “in person via Zoom” in 75-90 minute sessions (Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, 27). Then, between these sessions, participants access “additional learning” to continue to grow.                 

Storytelling Ministry

Ask any leader in a vital, growing congregation (large or small) what moves people to support the ministry of the church, and stories will likely be on top of the list. People are less moved to give out of a sense of duty and obligation but are increasingly moved by stories of God at work. Stories of hope, faith development, and strengthening community and congregations.  

This new and committed synod team will share stories that witness God at work throughout our synod, ways to practice being the faithful stewards of stories in your own congregation, and practical approaches to rethinking our own generosity as a spiritual practice. We hope to have our first installment out to you in the 4th quarter of this year. 

Consecration Sunday Resources

Other Great Resources [ELCA and Virginia Synod]

6 Weeks of Money

“6 Weeks of Money kick starts the conversation between values and money habits, encouraging them to become aligned so that we might live as Christ calls us: freely.” -Tim Brown, Director of Congregational Stewardship, ELCA