Congregational stewardship education

Everence recommends high-quality, biblically based educational resources to help you and your congregation embrace healthy Christian stewardship. The books, videos, DVDs and curriculum materials speak to church leaders, individuals, small groups and Christian educators.

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Adults

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But it's only a story

People remember stories. Maybe that's why Jesus told them. Talking about money is uncomfortable, but hearing stories from Jesus on this important topic can spark life-changing discussion at your church. This four-session curriculum is meant to inspire your attenders toward better thinking and decisions about money from a spiritual perspective.

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Generous living in a self-centered world

Learn about the variety of generosity models found in scripture and reflect on the models that shape generosity patterns in our own lives. Start with Cain and Abel and end with the Apostle Paul, exploring biblical stories and the connection with our first-world American context.

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The Gospel of Luke: the relationship between salvation, discipleship and wealth

Twelve key passages in Luke's gospel highlight stories from Jesus about wealth, poverty and generosity. Use this resource for small groups or for sermon-starter ideas.

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All the days of my life

Delve into your full life experience, reflecting on your past, focusing on the present and preparing for the future. To envision the broad stretch of your life, the curriculum taps into the creative imagination of 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, who expressed the drama of the human journey.

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End of life

One of our most popular and timeless topics that affect us all eventually – the end of life.  

Group study: A valuable and insightful format about how you can make your final transition in life peaceful and grace-filled for you and your family.

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Videos

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Your new money mindset

This group-study book challenges your attitudes about money and how they fit with an open-hearted approach to life. Authors Brad Hewitt, CEO of the faith-based Thrivent Financial, and James Moline, Ph.D., a Christian psychologist, look at the importance of integrating our faith with our financial decisions. They urge us to fully embrace how our use of money reflects what it means to follow Jesus. Take an online personal money assessment to reflect on your personal journey. 

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Additional resources

Found faithful: A four-part series beginning with a story about King Henry III's faithfulness to his call. Jesus taught that faithfulness starts with simple, everyday things of life. Consider how faithfulness relates to how we are stewards of all God gives us regardless of our age, status or financial means.

Stewards of grace; This group-study book covers the broad scope of holistic stewardship, with both teacher and participant sections. Introduction l Creation l HealthMoneyRelationshipsTalentTimeMayordomos de la Gracia

Household finances from a Christian perspective: This Everence-led workshop series can be customized to help small groups tackle such everyday issues as dealing with debt and developing a personal financial strategy. Learn more from your stewardship consultant.

More resources on financial stewardship and management.

Church leaders

Bounty: 10 ways to increase giving at your church

Explore the critical spiritual component of stewardship development in 10 doable, transformative steps. Hear how to lead your congregation in growing in generosity, based on the sound rationale and wisdom of real-church experience. Bounty equips you to shift hearts and pocketbooks.

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Embracing stewardship

Two authors from different generations team up in this easy-to-understand and practical book to help you gain a mix of tried-and-true strategies and new approaches to help your faith community become confident, competent, generous stewards. Learn eight pathways your congregation can follow to deepen your attenders’ understanding as stewards of God's bounty.

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Church Reporting Made Easy

The 2017 edition of Church Reporting Made Easy, from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, helps church leaders and treasurers become more informed about legal issues for clergy compensation and benefits. Learn the 10 biggest tax mistakes churches make. 

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Ministers' Taxes Made Easy

The 2017 edition of Ministers' Taxes Made Easy, from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, helps guide pastors on the housing allowance, compensation and fringe benefits, business and professional expenses, and income and Social Security taxes.

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30 Days of Generosity

Do members of your congregation know every financial decision they make is also a spiritual one? Encouraging their hearts to give generously can be a challenge. This four-week interactive guide for your church members engages the hearts and minds of your church family.

Intro | Week 1 |  Week 2  | Week 3  | Week 4

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Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity

Drawing on deep research and expertise on religious giving, this training seminar helps you and your leadership team rethink your role in congregational finances and how to awaken a spirit of generosity within your faith community. Everence and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving partner to offer this seminar to congregations at an affordable cost.

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Additional resources

Congregational Stewardship Resource Manual: A source of ways to organize your stewardship ministry team, church budgeting aids, sample church finance policies and more.

ReImagine Generosity: Gain practical tools to help you unleash generosity in your church. Three in-a-box campaigns are designed to walk with your church on the path from transactional to relational to sacrificial generosity.

Firstfruits: A Stewardship Guide for Church Leaders: The biggest challenge the church will face is not a matter of doctrine, but one more practical: How will we handle our wealth? Gain inspiring, provocative and challenging counsel to transform thoughtless givers into thankful believers. The author is a pastor and frequent speaker at stewardship conferences, serving as director of Back to God Ministries International. 

Ministry and money: Get help for your congregation to be more intentional about promoting Christian stewardship. It’s an educational opportunity that prepares you to guide people in your pews.

Year-Round Congregational Stewardship: Six Best Practices: A guide to help your leadership team to assess the stewardship initiatives you currently have in place as well as areas that may not be reflected now in your congregation’s stewardship plan. 

Youth

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Money Matters for Youth

A high school curriculum on stewardship for Sunday school and youth groups. Financial Foundations, a longer curriculum for schools and homeschooling parents, is also available.

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Real life: waking up to God's creation

This study guide offers three lessons that bring together biblical study and real-life topics. Several activities are included with each lesson, so choose which activities and discussions are most pertinent to your group in your setting.

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Real-life talk about money: navigating the money maze

A three-session curriculum to help you go a little deeper into the subject of money as you spend time in the Bible and reflect on real-life money matters. Review biblical texts, along with commentary and activities that help apply biblical principles to real-life situations in the lives of young people.

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Financial coaching

Our financial coaching ministry helps congregations take the next step to help people deal with budget, debt and savings habits. The first step is identifying people with a passion to walk with and help others with their finances.

Resources 

Training manual l Volunteer coach training presentation l Promotion bulletin inserts

Balanced money workbook l Financial wellness assessment l Emergency savings resources l Assessing satisfaction: Wheel of life and personal financial wheel

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Contact us

Need help in deciding which resources might fit your congregation? Beryl Jantzi, D.Min., Everence Stewardship Education Director, is glad to connect with you and your leaders about your needs.

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