"Live Free", based on Galatians 5:1, is the theme for just-released stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers resources that together provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage generous giving and faithful stewardship. "Live Free" is the first of four planned themes that focus on 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and the phrase "take hold of the life that really is life." Future themes will be "Live Simply", "Live Generously", and "Live Courageously".
"Live Free" includes four sub-themes: "Free From the Money Trap", "Free To Be Rich", "Free From the Uncertainty of Riches", and "Free to Take Hold of Life".
Volume 17 of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine includes articles that provide theological reflection on "Live Free" and each of the sub-themes, practical guidelines and suggestions to improve all aspects of a congregation's stewardship program, and a special focus on encouraging generosity in younger generations. Writers are stewardship thought leaders from across Canada and the US and include Grace Duddy Pomroy, Nathan Dungan, Anthony Bailey, Scott Rodin, and Delia Halverson.
Giving also contains an eight-page center section containing an easily-adaptable "Live Free" stewardship emphasis, with a suggested timeline, worship ideas, ways to involve children and youth, and insights to incorporate electronic communication. It also includes reviews of additional stewardship materials.
Theme materials complement the magazine and center section, and help congregations create a stewardship emphasis that is recognizable and consistent. Theme materials include a poster, bulletin inserts, letterhead and envelopes, bookmarks, bulletin covers in two sizes, and commitment cards. New this year: commitment cards especially for children, and a series of four 90-second "worship starter" videos with one for each "Live Free" sub-theme. Want to preview print materials before buying a quantity? Purchase a Sample Packet, or a Sample Packet PLUS (includes a copy of the magazine at a more than 50% savings over the retail price).
The digital Companion Resource includes additional timeline options, theme-based worship materials, children's sermons, sermon starters, and Bible studies for youth and adults.
All materials are available for purchase in the ESC Web Store.
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