Stewardship and Financial Support
Areas of Responsibility
Stewardship programming and education and planning and implementing approved special appeals.
Report to the 2016 Synod Assembly
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Our focus in 2015 was set on assessing the current direction of our committee and what we are offering to the synod. We are praying for our congregations to know the desires of God and to empower them to glorify our Lord Jesus. The results were enlightening and energizing to give us direction for the coming year.
We are in our fifth year with our Stewards for Stewardship learning events; focusing on building Stewardship leaders within our congregations. As part of our assessment this year, we took a look at any impact these trainings have had. Our findings revealed that 10% of the congregations attending these events have significantly increased their giving to Mission Support. We have to assume this increase would be reflected in the support of their congregations as well. This year’s events were led by our own Reverend Dr. Blair Morgan. In the fall we received a grant from the Stewardship of Life Institute out of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. These funds will enable us to bring in a guest speaker for the 2016 program.
We provided a Devotional booklet for Church Councils and a Stewardship handbook. Both resources were handed out during the Synod Assembly to be good stewards of our finances. Both booklets can also be found on the synod’s website.
We had two committee members travel to Chicago to be instructed in Stewardship Coaching. They have both completed their training and are moving on to training others.
Overall Mission Support receipts fell this year. Only 43% of the congregations reached their pledged commitment goal. Unfortunately 10% of our congregations did not remit any Mission Support for 2015.
We are thankful for the support we received throughout the synod and look forward to a new and exciting year ahead.
I want to thank the members of our committee for their dedication to building a better understanding of stewardship within our synod and for praying for Mission Support from our congregations. Pastor Blair Morgan continues to be an inspiration and spiritual leader of our committee. Many thanks to the hard work of Ray Dittenhafer, Jill Shook, Pastor Frank Podolinski, Keith Devine, Jean Adams, Ray Prosser and Pastor Nathaneil Christman.
Chairperson: Barbara Nugent
Secretary: Keith Devine
Synod Council Representative: Jill A. Shook
Clergy: Pastor Nathaneil Christman; Pastor Frank Podolinski; Pastor Jack Delk
Laypersons: Jean Adams; Ray Prosser; Raymond Dittenhafer
Staff: The Rev. Blair W. Morgan, Director of Evangelical Mission
This inspirational video is a collection of people
witnessing of their faith in Christ and the value of a growing understanding
that stewardship is really all about our discipleship in Jesus. It includes an
invitation to this fall’s Stewards for Stewardship training on October 1. We
hope you will take a few minutes to hear from these brothers and sisters in the
faith about stewardship and the value of this learning personally and for the
life of your congregation. HERE is a link to the "YouTube" video that is linked on our website:
(Please be advised that any advertising or promotions after the conclusion of the video are the content of YouTube and not necessarily the synod.)
Where Does Your Offering Go?
ELCA congregations gave $1.8 billion in regular offerings last year. Where does it go? This video shares how your congregational offerings support the ministries of the ELCA and the church around the world. Download: http://bit.ly/2b0lPKL