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Teaching Self-Reflective Stewardship

20 Aug. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Church Development shares a success story of how one church used self-reflective questions to teach stewardship.

One of the key areas we highlight as an organization is helping people think about all the ways God has blessed them. It’s an exercise that shows up in the Psalms; therefore, it’s an exercise that should show up in our lives, too.

Christ Lutheran Church created a series of Sunday School lessons (for all ages) designed to explain stewardship. As a part of this process, participants went through a time of self-reflection. The key questions included were:

  1. How has God blessed you?
  2. How do you share your blessings with the world?

That second question is important, as it helps us to consider what we have to give with the ways God has blessed us—with our time, talents, and treasure.  

One month before Commitment Sunday, each member of the church received a booklet that contained a series of parables about stewardship. Each Sunday in his sermon, the pastor referred to the stewardship parable study guide. By the time the capital campaign wrapped up, Christ Lutheran raised twice their annual giving in three-year pledges.

Maybe I’m a cynic, but when I hear these stories, sometimes I assume they were from happier times, especially on the financial front. Of course, working in this industry, I get to see these stories unfold, and I get to see what God can do, regardless of what’s going on in the world. This success story came one month after the major stock market crash of 2008.       

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Denis Greene is the Founder and President of Church Development.  He is the author of The Stewardship SystemStewardship-Based Capital Campaigns, and How To Ask For Donations as well as numerous articles on stewardship. Denis has helped over 200 churches across the USA raise more than $200,000,000. 

A complete list of Church Development’s services (including capital campaign management and consultation, feasibility studies, and year-round stewardship ministry programming) is available here.