Help! Our Church Just Got a Big Gift, and We Don’t Know What to Do!

by David Fiedler The sole pastor of a medium-size LCMS congregation can still hear the voice on the other end of the line. It was an attorney calling. “Pastor,” said the attorney, “we’re settling the estate of a man who…

Steward’s Corner: Have Mercy on Me!

Over the last several months, I have spoken with donors who are overwhelmed by the number of mail appeals, phone calls and email messages asking them for a charitable gift — or another charitable gift. Some — but not all — were requests from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Perhaps you also are one who cries to the Lord for mercy when being solicited for charitable support.

The faithfulness of God

1 Corinthians 1:9 — “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

First things first

Deuteronomy 8:3 — “…that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

Sheep do sheep works

Matthew 25:44 — “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ ”

Partners with God

Philippians 1:5 — “I always thank God … because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”

A Holy Calling

Stewardship is not merely a money problem. LCMS Stewardship Ministry helps pastors and congregations teach the Word of God, so that Christians can become joyful, Gospel-motived givers in all aspects of their lives.

Steward’s Corner: Cutting Unnecessary Costs

Two years ago, giving to the Global Mission Fund was promoted as a new, efficient way to support our Synod’s national and international Witness, Mercy, Life Together work. We made a commitment to steward your gifts wisely, and we strive to maximize the “deployable” portion of every gift.

Faith leads to action

Matthew 25:4 — “….but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”

Imitating God’s Generosity

Each month Stewardship Ministry produces a newsletter article suitable for congregational use. Here is an excerpt from this month’s article on imitating the generosity of our Heavenly Father.

Focus: Stewardship – November 2014

Christian stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and that “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Tim. 6:7 ESV).

Reaping what you sow

Matthew 5:7 — “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Stewardship: Bible Basics

This month we focus on stewardship — using the gifts that God has given us for His purposes according to the various vocations He has assigned us in Home, Church, and Society.

Devotional Thought for St. Matthew’s Day

Each of these gifts – whether in material wealth, or intelligence, or beauty, or family, etc. – is not only a gift but a duty.