I Have Called You Friends springs from an understanding of the offering as a time to respond to God’s grace. Through a four-week series of worship services and sermon ideas, I Have Called You Friends teaches the beauty of the offering and invites people to consider their giving for the next year. It explains and freshens the time of offering and infuses it with prayers, Scripture, and inspiring music. The offering is celebrated with joy. It becomes the expression of a Christ-centered community that is Christ-like in its compassion and that intends to be led by Christ in courageous witness to the world.
The sub themes for the worship services are Christ-Centered Community, Christ-Like Compassion, and Christ-Led Courage. The fourth worship service focuses on receiving financial commitments.
- John 15:15
- Response Method:
- Worship Services
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 I Have Called You Friends Digital Starter Kit includes a PDF file of each of the following:
- commitment card
- four bulletin inserts
- letterhead and matching envelopes
- bulletin cover in 8.5 x 14″ and 8.5 x 11″ formats
A coordinating easy-to-use, adaptable plan for the I Have Called You Friends emphasis is sold separately in the corresponding issue of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine – Volume 9: I Have Called You Friends.
Additional worship and study resources are available in the I Have Called You Friends Companion Resource.
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.