Stewardship and Financial Support

Areas of Responsibility

Stewardship programming and education and planning and implementing approved special appeals.

Calendar of Causes 2018

For the calendar of causes for 2018, including links to the websites of our ministry partners, please download the document below:

Report to the 2018 Synod Assembly

“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Our focus in 2017 and early 2018 was again set on growing stewards in our congregations, talking more about Mission Support and telling the stories of how we all work together doing God’s work and stewarding all that is entrusted to us.

In May 2017, the Reverend Kurt Nordby (from the Northern Illinois Synod) came to lead the Stewards for Stewardship training. His presentation was based on the three-year stewardship program he wrote for congregations, titled, “First, We Give of Ourselves”. Many of our synod’s congregations used this stewardship resource in the Autumn of 2017 and during Lent in 2018 - and will continue to use it for the next two-year cycle of the program.

The members of our committee, spear-headed by Pastor Nathaneil Christman, worked together to create a Mission Support Formula Survey, to conduct research on how our synod’s congregations determined their annual Mission Support commitments. After evaluating the results of the survey, we discovered that nearly every congregation had created its own method to determine its annual Mission Support commitment. The methods varied widely and seemed to reflect the ‘personality’ and situation of each of the churches that responded. As a result of our research, our committee concluded that we could not find a ‘common denominator’ to all of the methods that were illustrated - and we were unable to offer the Synod Council a better alternative to the current Mission Support Formula.

The synod is starting to investigate the creation of a network of Mission Interpreters, who would be story-tellers, explaining to congregations how their Mission Support gifts are helping to tranform the world. Through stories and examples, they would show the connection between money and mission.

With the leadership of Barbara Artuso, and the support of numerous devotional writers, we were able to publish our 2018 Council Devotional booklet for Church Councils.

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 praying for the Mission Support from our congregations. Many thanks to the hard work of Jean Adams, Barbara Artuso, Pastor Nathaneil Christman, Pastor Jack Delk, Ray Dittenhafer, Mary Anne Novak, Barb Nugent, Pastor Frank Podolinski, Jr., Ray Prosser, Jill Shook and Pastor Melissa Stoller (who is serving as our Director for Evangelical Mission).

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Devine, Chairperson

 

Committee Members

Chairperson: Keith Devine
Secretary:  Barbara Artuso
Synod Council Representative: The Rev. Nathaneil Christman
Clergy:  Pastor Frank Podolinski; Pastor Jack Delk
Laypersons:  Jean Adams; Raymond Dittenhafer, Mary Anne Novak; Jill Shook
Staff: The Rev. Melissa L. Stoller, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission

Stewardship Video

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