Congregations are increasingly seeking out options for online giving to meet the preferences of members across generations. Here are some helpful resources.
“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.
Our weekly offering at worship is not the only opportunity we have for giving to the Lord. We honor the Lord when planning for the transition of our accumulated wealth (our “estate”) at life’s end. There are also a variety of other opportunities that enable us to support the Lord’s work now (while at the same time receiving tax benefits). The Bible encourages planned giving—intentional, cheerful management of our blessings to care for family and to return a portion of our possessions to our Creator and Savior God.
The purpose of the congregational planned giving program is (Part I) to help your congregation jump-start a program of promoting planned giving opportunities to members. Part II shares an easy way to start a congregational endowment fund through WELS Foundation. Part III tells how to set up a congregational planned giving committee to provide further manpower for carrying out this work. Part IV discusses how to establish and administer an endowment fund. Finally, Part V highlights WELS organizations that can help you with any of these steps.
Faith Focused Finances includes resources that help God’s people aim their treasures toward their Christ-centered mission. The resources include the Heart in Focus financial course for all members and a recently revised “School of Stewardship” entitled Joyful Generosity for congregational leaders.
This workshop, revised by Minnesota district president Rev. Charles Degner, helps congregational leaders identify factors that influence God-pleasing stewardship and develop plans for encouraging a year-round stewardship culture within the congregation. Use at one sitting of 2.5 hours or spread out over five roughly half-hour meetings.
Heart in Focus
Heart in Focus is a six to eight session course to train members in wise, faith-focused finances for their daily lives. The course covers the Christian attitudes behind healthy financial decisions and shares practical advice for giving, saving, debt elimination, and other elements of a financially wise lifestyle. Each participant will leave with a plan of action and helpful systems for carrying it out.
WELS Center for Mission and Ministry
Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.