Stewardship Toolbox – January 2022

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Congregation Mission Offerings

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2021

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Online Donation Platforms

Congregations are increasingly seeking out options for online giving to meet the preferences of members across generations. Here are some helpful resources.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

WELS Statistical Report 2019

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2020

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2019

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

WELS Statistical Report 2018

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Mission Festival Resources

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

IRA Charitable Distributions

For anybody 70.5 years or older, an IRA is a great option for making gifts to the Lord’s work at church, a local WELS-affiliated ministry, and/or a WELS area of ministry.

Typically IRA distributions are taxable, but, for anyone 70.5 or older, qualified distributions from an IRA to charity are free from federal and potentially state income tax. Consider directing IRA distributions to WELS to save on taxes, then using the cash you would have given for other needs. The rollover to charity counts toward satisfying the donor’s required minimum distribution.

You and your spouse, assuming he or she is 70.5 years or older and has an IRA, may each make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year to charity. Rather than being treated as taxable income, direct transfers to charity are wholly excluded for federal income tax purposes. These transfers do not generate a charitable deduction, but the relief from tax impact is often more advantageous. Consult your tax or financial advisor to determine the most appropriate gift assets for your situation.

Contact the investment firm that handles your IRA to request a direct transfer of IRA assets to a WELS ministry. They typically provide the appropriate paperwork (or you can download an authorization letter template below). To ensure that your IRA transfer is not taxable, the check must be made payable to the charity, not to you personally.

You can give to multiple WELS designations by directing your transfer to WELS Foundation. WELS Foundation will distribute funds to the ministries per your instructions and provide you with the proper acknowledgment.

If interested, talk to your financial planners and your local WELS Christian giving counselor to learn more.

Update: The SECURE Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020, changes many of the rules governing retirement plans, including several provisions relevant to making IRA qualified charitable distributions. To learn more, click to read the article below, “The SECURE Act and Qualified Charitable Distributions.”

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving articles are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

WELS Statistical Report 2017

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2018

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Mission and Ministry Sunday – General

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Joyful Generosity

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16). God abundantly blesses us and wants us to use those blessings to his glory. So how does this look in our daily lives? This program of worship, Bible study, and personal devotion will guide followers of Christ through the Bible’s clear teachings on the management of our possessions.

 

Previous Stewardship Programs

WELS Statistical Report 2016

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – January 2017

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – November 2016

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – September 2016

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Why Do Statistics?

Sometimes the question is asked “Why do we do the Statistical Report?” The articles below summarize well how statistics done with the right spirit–in humble service to God–can be beneficial.

Stewardship Toolbox – July 2016

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

364 Days of Thanksgiving

364 Days of Thanksgiving focuses on how we can be thankful every day for the blessings God gives us. The emphasis includes three weeks of worship and Bible study resources. Churches can also bulk order the devotional journal at a discount for members to record their blessings each day of the year.

Stewardship Toolbox – May 2016

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

Stewardship Toolbox – March 2016

Mission prayers ask God’s blessings on different areas of WELS ministry.

Planned giving reprintables are intended to encourage members about good stewardship practices and to inform them about ways to make planned gifts to benefit your church and other WELS ministry.

Stewardship by the Lectionary is stewardship-themed lessons every week based on readings from the lectionary.

WELS Statistical Report 2015