Stewardship Month by Month
Lent is a contemplative time. This makes it an excellent
time to focus on our stewardship teaching for the rest of the year.
If you selected a theme, now is the time to tie it to learning opportunities.
Here are some ways to get started.
all of the learning opportunities already available in your congregation.
These may include sermons, Christian Education/Sunday School, a
Bible study group, Education for Ministry (EFM)*, Disciples of Christ
in Community (DOCC),* Vacation Bible School, etc. See what stewardship
formation already exists in these programs. Is your one idea you
want to teach being addressed in any way?
about the best ways to teach your idea for the year.
These might include:
Sunday morning educational offering
weeks of mid-week small group study
of series of articles in the newsletter
group study (book, Bible, or some other)
“Ice Cream Social” Chautauqua style evening
how you will know you have communicated the message.
In other words, set some performance goals that help you evaluate.
These might be
included in mailing to every household
educational opportunity provided for every generation
the teaching is one which encourages a behavior change, is there
some way to see if anyone did it? For example,
if you are encouraging people to tithe,
can you find out if anyone decided to do that?
Make the plan
your activities on the calendar
assignments to carry out the plan. (Who will arrange what speaker,
for example, and
by when will they have done this?)
the money required
5. Prepare to enjoy teaching and/or learning!
If you are looking for a bibliography of books and a few videos
to help you, check out the one in the resource