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Common Hope, Common Trust Theme Materials Starter Kit


The Common Hope, Common Trust theme is based on Psalm 18:28. This theme gathers God's people for food and friendship around a common table. Shared meals become places for sharing joys, anxieties, and stores; for giving with a new sense of freedom, thankfulness, and community; praising God, who leads us from darkness into light and freedom.


Healthy conversations about money and its role in our daily lives are important. With that in mind, Common Hope, Common Trust is designed to help congregations begin to talk about financial stewardship in deep and meaningful ways. It is meant to encourage God’s people to grow into a new freedom in giving as they grow in trust and hope and begin to leave their money anxieties behind. The common in Common Hope, Common Trust refers to the understanding that as believers we hold all things in common (Acts 4:32). In terms of stewardship, this means we hold a common trust and common hope in God’s faithfulness, and it is this trust and hope that is our foundation for freedom in giving.

Common Hope, Common Trust culminates with a congregational meal and a final worship service includes making a financial commitment to the church’s ministry. Suggestions are included for worship service foci and additional activities to improve understandings about money.

Psalm 18:28
Response Method:
Meal Event

The Starter Kit contains digital files of materials to engage your congregation in your stewardship emphasis: bulletin inserts, commitment cards, themed letterhead and envelopes, and more. They are designed for in-house use and are not guaranteed for successful use by commercial printers.

The Common Hope, Common Trust Digital Starter Kit includes a PDF file of each of the following:

  • commitment card
  • four bulletin inserts
  • letterhead and matching envelopes
  • bookmark
  • poster
  • logo
  • bulletin cover in 8.5 x 14″ and 8.5 x 11″ formats

A coordinating easy-to-use, adaptable plan for the Common Hope, Common Trust emphasis is sold separately in the corresponding issue of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine – Volume 8: Common Hope, Common Trust.

After your payment is received, you will receive an automatic email from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center with the subject line “Your Ecumenical Stewardship Center order from Month Day, Year is complete.” This email will contain website links to all resources that you ordered. Click on the link and use the procedures of your particular browser to download the files.

If you ordered physical products as well then your order will not be considered complete until those items can be mailed out.


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