Category: Stewardship

Embracing Stewardship – a resourcing event for congregations

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9am-3pm at Faith Lutheran Church, Rochelle The Northern Illinois Synod Stewardship Ministry Team is offering a stewardship resourcing event for congregations entitled “Embracing Stewardship.” Pastor Charles Lane and Ms. Grace Duddy Pomroy, authors of the book “Embracing Stewardship,” will be our resource leaders for the day.  Read More

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2017

October 21, 2017 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 14206 Flagg Road Rochelle, IL  61068 Guest Speakers: Thomas Hammar, CPA Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant And By Web Cam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author Register Online on the right or download the registration form. As you are probably aware, church accounting is not the …

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StewardNet for Summer 2017

Dear friend in Christ, At the end of last year, I was attending my congregation’s council meeting at which the proposed 2017 budget was presented for the first time. As we were going through the various line items, first on the income side and then later expenses, we came to the line for Mission Support. …

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StewardNet Spring 2017

Dear friend in Christ, How is it that systems thrive? One explanation might identify an abundance of resources and assets, positive momentum, or being in the right place at the right time. Other insights might reflect on the importance of adaptation, collaboration, grit, resilience, creativity and innovation. Either way, when we are talking about human …

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What do “benevolence” and Mission Support mean?

A reflection by Virgil Gibson, an ELCA member from Gettysburg, Po. I’ve been thinking about this lately, and it caused me to look back at my orientation and education as an adult convert to Christianity and Lutheranism. I had an intuitive sense that someone paid to get that Navy chaplain in that place to meet me at …

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Pastoral Letter – September 2016

September 2016 Dear Friends in Christ, God’s rich grace and abundant peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. As I think about our Northern Illinois Synod, the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:3–4, resonate so strongly with me. Paul says: “I thank my God every time I remember …

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Stewardship and Mission Support Strategy

Approved by Synod Assembly June 18, 2011 Vision Marked with the Cross of Christ, Stewards for Life Theological Principles Our roots of faith begin in baptism and grow through our relationship with God. God blesses us and invites us to become good disciples and good stewards. Being a good steward is a spiritual matter and …

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2017 Mission Support Information

Bishop’s Invitation to Grow 10 in 2017 Dear Friends and Coworkers in Christ, An Invitation to Grow in Generosity and Mission As your congregation begins planning for ministry in 2017, I would like to invite your congregation into prayerful conversation about growing your generosity and gift for Mission Support (benevolence). This year, as we consider giving in …

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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. Watch the video below or download the video here. 

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First We Give of Ourselves Update

Online Workshops for First, We Give of Ourselves Just a reminder that workshops for all three years of the First, We Give of Ourselves stewardship resource are now online and available through the Northern Illinois Synod website. Instead of just a few workshop opportunities, along with the time and travel involved, the online resource will …

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stewardNet – Winter 2016

Dear friend in Christ, Supply and demand are fundamental concepts of economic theory straight from Econ 101. Such theory can be useful to consider since balancing supply and demand is another way of talking about meeting needs. As we in the church continue to ponder how to support our ministries and infrastructure, and as we …

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