Giving is a mark of discipleship. It is one of the seven faith practices highlighted in the ELCA Call to Discipleship.Giving is part of daily life. Participants will search out biblical understandings of giving by exploring stories of givers and their gifts.They ask what acts of giving mean to the givers, the recipients, and the whole human community.Givers soon recognize that giving really flows from receiving. The first session of this study explores the giving/receiving dynamic. In the second session givers who do not count the cost of giving are highlighted.We will speak of behaviors that go beyond calculation.The third session examines some common stumbling blocks to giving. Just as faithfulness is good in and of itself, so is generosity. The final session explores the spiritual power of generosity.
This mark of discipleship is one of the seven faith practices highlighted in the ELCA's Call to Discipleship. Beyond the initial actions of welcoming people into the community are the ministries of friendship and support. Encouragement is the cluster of friendly attitudes and actions that forge relationships, building a diverse set of people into a community in Christ. Jesus promises to make community with us (Matthew 18:20).
Encouragement makes it possible to cross lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, politics, economic class, educational level and generation. Common social skills are transformed by the presence of the Holy One into acts of discipleship whereby the body of Christ is continually built up and strengthened for mission and ministry.
This book is a gem for pastors and lay leaders looking for a general overview of stewardship practice and theology! It is written in a 17-step format for pastors and lay leaders to build a solid commitment among their members to financially support their church. Includes a bonus section on the theology of stewardship that can help leaders and members discover lives of meaning and purpose.
This leader's guide suggests that lay people "do theology" through Bible study. The guide explores five elements of a proposed "just peace" theology: care of the earth; God as center of our lives; justice; love of enemies; and peacemaking. An exchange of personal letters opens each topic to set the tone. Hopeful stories about Lutheran women's experience also illustrate Bible studies. The book offers activities such as role playing, guided meditation, collective visioning, nonviolent dialogs with "the enemy" and work in clay to develop new concepts of peace theology.
This is the “all-in-one” resource for men’s ministry. This New International Version Bible features the Men's Ministry Leaders Supplement and 20,000 study questions written into the text that assist participants in getting to know each other as they get to know God. Among the 60 “Felt Need” courses included are 6 courses for men. Each of them features 6 beginner and 6 advanced sessions.
The Men’s Ministry Leaders Supplement (the first 32 pages) will help your leaders develop an effective men’s ministry.
Making a planned gift is a powerful way to express your compassion and
values. Your planned gift becomes a witness to your faith in Jesus Christ. With
this brochure learn how you can make a planned gift to support any Women of the
ELCA ministry about which you are passionate.