Stewardship Resources

As ELCA Lutherans, we faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Stewardship is so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and love our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.

Below are some stewardship resources you are invited to look at, also please contact Rev. Walter Baires, the Director of Evangelical Mission in the synod, to help with your stewardship conversations (walterb@scsw-elca.org).

Year-Round Resources

Response Programs

Books

Online Resources

2019 Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

“On Christmas Eve there always comes a time when everything is finally still. After all the preparations and Christmas
pageants, after all of the rushing, it’s wonderful just to settle into that stillness and have a chance to think about the miracle of Advent and Christmas…”

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Applications

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now open, and you can invite young adults on this yearlong journey abroad.

If you know young adults age 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2020. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career, and understanding of God’s work in the world. You can also print out this poster to display in your congregation or ministry space.

Through YAGM, young adults will learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as they walk alongside global church companions. They’ll become immersed in a new community and form deep relationships. And they’ll confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, gender privilege, economic disparity, and globalization, all through the lens of faith. Learn more at ELCA.org/YAGM.

Volunteers will be placed in one of ten country programs:

·      Argentina and Uruguay

·      Australia

·      Central Europe

·      Jerusalem and the West Bank

·      Madagascar

·      Mexico

·      Nepal

·      Rwanda

·      Senegal

·      United Kingdom

Young adults will find relevant opportunities for professional experience, including:

  • Health and human rights: health care, HIV and AIDS, homelessness, immigration and refugees
  • Education: fine arts, youth education, childhood education, working with people with disabilities or who are differently-abled
  • Environmental justice: agriculture and farming, development, environment
  • Professional support: office work, communication, technology, finance
  • Congregational ministry: children’s ministry, Christian education, youth ministry, congregational ministry, camp ministry

Around the world, host families, churches, workplaces and communities are ready to welcome YAGM volunteers.

Don’t wait — spread the word now! The priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.
Applications will be open until Feb. 15, 2020.

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