Stewardship & Giving

Thrivent members are invited to multiply their giving to Minneapolis efforts of renewal and rebuilding.

Seeking Laptops and Devices for Families Experiencing Poverty: Iglesia Piedra Viva is seeking laptop donations and other technology donations to increase access to online worship and church life for families negatively affected by socio-economic inequities.

The ELCA is offering a Creation Care webinar: Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors

Google offers grants to nonprofit organizations (including churches) for up to $10,000 a month in Google ads! This might be the perfect opportunity for your church to jump into online ads. There is also a free webinar at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 21, to help you make the most of the Google ads grant.  Learn about grant / Register for webinar

Can tithes and offerings continue to fund a ministry that propels your church toward a vital future? In Episode 55 of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s podcast, Mark DeYmaz explores the Coming Revolution in Church Economics, and asserts that churches need to create multiple streams of income by leveraging the value of their people, money, and buildings to bless the community and advance the gospel.

Faith+Lead’s Faithful Adaptation Webinar on May 7, 2020 was about Talking about Money in Anxious Times.

Talking about Money During the Coronavirus Crisis: May 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., online. Explore some practical and positive ways church leaders can turn this crisis into a hopeful opportunity for spiritual growth in financial stewardship with this webinar by UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Nonprofit Church Leadership Certificate ProgramApply by May 15 for this year-long, online certificate program designed to increase a pastor’s capacity to be an effective church leader and improve skills in financial stewardship and human resources. The application deadline has been extended and the cost has been reduced. Learn more about these changes.

FaithLead: Convergence Online “What Will Happen to Our Churches?” weekly webinar with Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, Traci Blackmon, and Diana Butler Bass focused on finances.

The MN Annual Conference UMC suggests Texas Methodist Foundation’s two online Stewardship webinars: Maximizing Recurring Giving During Social Distancing (April 15, 2020; 2:00 pm) and How to Deliver Effective Offering Talks During Live Streaming (April 16, 2020; 2:00 pm).

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership LeadingIdeas blog, 7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing During the COVID-19 Crisis features stewardship expert Rob Blezard. The LeadingIdeas blog offers helpful ways to embrace [Now as] the Time to Ask Contributors to Set up Recurring Online Gifts. And you can Register Now for Online Summer Courses on Stewardship and Church Finance from Wesley Theological Seminary (Academic and Continuing Education Credit Available).

Assistant to the Bishop Rob Blezard, of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (ELCA), has some very helpful blogposts that are both timely during the pandemic and helpful for “regular” stewardship. Check out  Stewardship Guy for regular tips and resources.

Pastor Keith Zeh, DEM, (NWMN ELCA Synod) has created a template letter for use with your congregation on stewardship.

The How to Talk about Generosity, Life Change, and Impact during Social Distancing (Horizons Stewardship) webinar is available to view anytime. It offers practical tips and strategies you can implement immediately to be more effective and confident as you re-imagine your ministry messaging strategy in a multi-channel world.  Watch webinar