The Northeastern Ohio Synod Stewardship Table in collaboration with the synod resource center have compiled a sample of stewardship-related resources for congregational use. The resource center has approximately 40 resources available for loan plus a variety of documents and articles for supporting generosity and stewardship in the congregation. They include Bible studies, annual giving thematic materials and sample forms. A select number of these items are available for immediate download.
Fall 2021 Stewardship Resources
The NEOS Stewardship and Mission Support Table has prepared a full worship service that you can use in its entirety, or perhaps you'll just want to use the sermon preached by The Rev. Michael Meranda, pastor at Messiah Lutheran, Ashtabula. Additional worship leaders in this service are The Rev. Julianne D. Smith, Asst. to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality and Director for Evangelical Mission, and The Rev. Mark Kreemer, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran, Massillon. The organist is Mr. Loren Veigel.
The worship service can be accessed at this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gWF5qnCl1ys
The Sending Hymn only, with all lyrics, can be accessed at this link: https://youtu.be/vEmvUflNIhk
In addition, the team has prepared sample letters and other materials you may wish to use this fall:
The Spirituality of Giving is an inspirational article.
Several websites provide helpful resources for congregation stewardship leaders:
The ELCA Stewardship page provides an abundance of downloadable resources - educational, promotional plus templates
The Stewardship of Life Institute lists numerous articles and provides a monthly tool kit. Subscribe to receive the free tool kit with preaching helps, monthly news articles, bulletin snippets plus more.
Recent studies and surveys indicate that a significant percentage of individuals are looking for financial management assistance:
Christian blogger Grace Pomeroy weekly shares helpful finance tips. View or sign up for her blog at https://gracepomroy.com/blog
Financial Education Resources can be found at OSU Family and Consumer Science's Money Management page: https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/major-program-areas/healthy-finances/money-management; a local agent may even be available to conduct classes.
For additional or specific recommendations contact resource specialist, Karen Kaufman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeastern Ohio Synod Stewardship Table webinar recording (July 27, 2020): "The ELCA Stewardship Bundle: Three Resources by Pastor Charles Lane."
Longer versions of webinar segments: