Resources from Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod offers resources to help congregations grow in their understanding and implementation of a life of stewardship. Click here to access that information.
StewardCAST is the monthly newsletter from LCMS Stewardship Ministry. Click here to view archived newsletters.
Download the free ebook PDF Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for the Confessional Lutheran Parish by Rev. Heath Curtis, coordinator of LCMS Stewardship Ministry. (An ebook reader is not required.)
The LCMS Stewardship Ministry A-Z resource collection includes items helpful for every pastor and stewardship committee member to consider. Click here to view the resources. We recommend that all congregations click here regularly to check for bulletin sentences and newsletter articles that address stewardship topics.
Resources from Lutheran Church Extension Fund
LCEF’s Consecrated Stewards program offers a full-congregation approach tostewardship education. Designed to energize your members in their ongoing giving, the program is not tied to the church budget but rather to your members’ desire to give. LCEF also offers a program called StewardPath, intended to reconnect your members to your congregation’s ministries while encouraging them to live as faithful stewards of the Lord’s gifts every day. They also help congregations access various steward-focused Bible studies from around the Synod. These vary in focus, length and accessibility. Click here for more information and to contact Nate Meier, LCEF District Vice President.
Rural and Small Town Mission Resources
Hosted by LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission, the Rev. Heath Curtis presented an LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission webinar titled “Stewardship” on Nov. 4, 2021.
Every organization needs a budget. Your family needs one, the business down the street needs one, and your congregation needs one. But how does this budget come together? How do we account for things that were not in last year’s budget but need to be in next year’s budget? How can any organization make a budget that accounts not just for spending but also for expected income? And how can we keep God’s Word at the forefront in all of these considerations? Rev. Curtis, coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry, takes us through a better budgeting process that aims to put the Word of God in charge of how we do business in the church. CLICK HERE TO WATCH
A booklet titled Stewardship Under the Cross by Rev. Curtis is also AVAILABLE HERE.
Resource from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
The Spring 2020 edition of the Concordia Journal (published by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) has a number of articles on the topic of stewardship. We especially encourage you to read the article A Theological Foundation for Stewardship by Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann, found on pages 21-36.
Click here to read or download the Spring 2020 Concordia Journal
Resources from LWML
LWML Stewardship Resource: Blessings of Giving Stewardship Devotion Series
Author Rev. John Heckmann reflects on the Biblical principles of stewardship and the shares the priceless blessings to be reaped from Christ-centered giving. You loved it published monthly in Treasured News! Now we are offering these devotions in booklet format as free PDF downloads for your group or personal devotion time. The booklets are formatted to print on legal paper, using the “booklet” print utility on your printer. Great as hand outs for stewardship series, or teen study materials, too!
- 4 Stewardship Tips for the Next Generation
- 5 Images of the Giving Christian
- 5 Stewardship Principles
- 8 “T”s of Stewardship
LWML Weekly Stewardship Meditations
The LWML has a number of stewardship resources available. We encourage congregations and groups to visit their page Weekly Stewardship Meditations for a short weekly reflection based on a Bible verse. https://www.lwml.org/stewardship-meditations These meditations can be shared in newsletters, bulletins, or through social media.
Resources from the Nebraska District
Disciples Living as Grace-Filled Stewards Kit
Jesus has called each of us to be His disciples. As His disciples, we follow Him and learn from Him as we read and study His Word. His love for us compels us to encourage others to follow Him and become His disciples. Acknowledging that all we are and have are gifts from God, we become His faithful stewards who manage all that He has entrusted to us. God honors us with the privilege of being His disciples who live as grace-filled stewards.
The Disciples Living as Grace-Filled Stewards kit, made by the Stewardship Advisors and now available for Nebraska District congregations, includes a four-week set of sermons, children messages, Bible studies, lay reader talks, trifold brochures, letters, newsletter articles, bulletin messages, devotions, worship helps, flyers, commitment forms, and timelines. Congregations are encouraged to download the kit and use it to help in building a stewardship mindset.
*Please note that this resource has not been through LCMS doctrinal review. The Stewardship Committee recommends the materials with this caveat.
About the author: Ron Chewning owns and operates Stewardship Advisors, Inc., which provides year-round stewardship education resources for churches. Prior to starting Stewardship Advisors in 1997, he worked as a stock broker and branch manager within the brokerage industry. Ron has written two books: Becoming Money Wise and Life at its Best: Living Wisely in an Unwise World. In addition, he has written several stewardship emphases, many Bible studies, and year-round education material. Thousands of churches have used his material. He is currently the chairperson of the Michigan District Stewardship Committee. He and his wife Phyllis are members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Michigan.
⇒ Click here to access the Disciples Living as Grace-Filled Stewards Kit ⇐
**This material is to be used exclusively by congregations of the Nebraska District LCMS. If you are not part of a Nebraska District LCMS congregation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on accessing this material.
Nebraska District Building Together Stewardship Bible Studies and Sermon Notes
As part of our Building Together. In Christ. For Mission. capital campaign, District President Richard Snow developed a series of sermon notes and Bible studies on the topic of stewardship. Please note that while they have our campaign logo on them, they are not specific to the campaign itself. Instead, they focus on the different types of giving and why we give.
Stewardship Sermon Series (notes for pastors)
Stewardship Bible Study Series
Thinking about Stewardship: A Bible Study Considering God’s Plan for the Lives of his People
The Stewardship Committee of the Nebraska District is pleased to offer your congregation the following videos and Bible study materials, “Thinking About Stewardship,” for your use.
The Bible study was written by Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann, professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. The written study is provided in PDFs which can be downloaded and printed as needed. The Bible study guide also includes suggested answers for the leaders. The videos linked below are six 15-minute video segments intended to introduce each lesson. The design is for the group to watch the DVD segment, then spend the remaining time in God’s Word and in discussion about what it means to be a godly steward.
You may download PDFs of the study guide below. Videos may be shown directly via Vimeo, or downloaded from Vimeo by following the links below each video.
For more information on this study, including access to DVDs of this study, contact Kim Hofer at email@example.com.