Live Generously, based on 2 Corinthians 8:9, is the theme for just-released stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Together, they provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage faithful stewardship that leads to generous giving. Live Generously is the third of four planned themes that focus on 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and the phrase "take hold of the life that really is life." Other themes are Live Free, Live Simply, and Live Courageously.
Volume 19 of the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine is based on the Live Generously theme and includes articles that provide theological reflection, resource reviews, and practical suggestions to improve all aspects of a congregation's stewardship program. Writers are stewardship thought leaders from across Canada and the US and include Bill Enright, Mike Slaughter, Betsy Schwarzentraub, and Sharon Ely Pearson. Giving also contains an eight-page center section containing an easily-adaptable Live Courageously stewardship emphasis featuring small group gatherings.
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, commitment cards for adults and children, and a series of four 90-second "worship starter" videos.
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.