Generosity and Faith: The Connecting Thread

Generosity and Faith: The Connecting Thread

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By Marcia Shetler Recently the Barna Group and Thrivent Financial partnered to produce a study called The Generosity Gap, which explores attitudes, understandings, and practices related to generosity. Pastors and church attendees from across denominations and generations participated in the study. Ninety-six percent said generosity is important to them, and that Christians should be generous to reflect God’s character by showing love to others, to give back in appreciation for God’s generosity toward us, and to become more like Christ. An attitude and a discipline were the words both groups used the most to describe generosity. These survey participants seem to have a good understanding of what it means to be generous. Some might claim that a generous spirit is part of our nature as God’s creation. In their blog for Spirituality and Practice, Frederic and Mary…
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New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

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Live Courageously, based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and Psalm 31:24, is the theme for new stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Live Courageously is the fourth in a four-year series featuring the 1 Timothy text. Others are Live Free, Live Simply, and Live Generously. Ecumenical Stewardship Center resources provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage generous giving and faithful stewardship. Now in its twentieth year, the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine has become a premier stewardship resource for faith communities throughout the US and Canada. Each issue is packed with resources to support stewardship in the local church. Articles explore the intersection of faith and giving, offer practical information on Christian stewardship for all generations, and critique the newest resources on stewardship. Giving…
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End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

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Thinking about and intentionally planning for life’s ending journey can also be a time of powerful acts of love and stewardship. Everence’s End-of-Life Curriculum offers ideas about how we can think about this transition from our time in this world. Topics include: The benefits of planning well Tame and wild dying Advance care: plan for a peaceful departure What to do with my body Necessary family conversations Making your wishes known Two new videos called Giving moments of grace have been added to the resources. They illustrate how much a man’s end-of-life planning meant to his family. Everence is a partner with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, representing Mennonite Church USA.
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