Stewardship in five simple steps

When my congregation sent out its annual “Stewardship Seeds” campaign package, this year we included a flier that outlines a five-step process for determining a level for giving.

We also included in the package a cover letter, Bible verses dealing with giving, a sheet with some food for thought and a “staircase of giving” that lists the number of families or individuals who give in a certain range.

Here is what we told people about the 5 Simple Steps:

Most people don’t know where to start when it comes to giving. Here is a simple five-step process to help you along. Please follow the steps even if you are pretty sure you won’t make changes to your giving pattern. As with many aspects of faith, the process is as important as outcomes.

Step 1: Make a Blessings List
Let’s face it: Most of us take our blessings for granted most of the time. Start by listing all your blessings. Invite family members to help you list all your blessings in the following areas: 1) Health. 2) Family. 3) Friends. 4) Security. 5) Housing. 6) Faith. 7) Possessions. 8) Finances. Add to the list as you think of more blessings.

Step 2: Pray Over Your Blessings
In the morning or at bedtime — whenever you pray — look over your list and thank God for your blessings. For each, say aloud or in your thoughts, “I thank you, God, for _________.” Make copies for other members of your family and ask them to pray, too.

Step 3: Re-read the Materials
This packet contains a lot of information. After you’ve prayed over your blessings for a few days, read through the materials one more time. Give the ideas prayerful consideration.

Step 4: Pray for Guidance
In your prayers, ask that God will lead you deeper into faith, bringing the Holy Spirit into your life in new and refreshing ways. Pray that God will help you decide on an appropriate response for all that God has given you.

Step 5: Make a Plan for Follow Through
When you have reached a decision on a level of giving by week, month or year, make a plan for follow through. You have made a commitment to yourself, why not let the church know so we may better plan our finances? Consider signing up for Simply Giving, which enables you to make automatic offerings from your bank. If you need offering envelopes, please ask the church office.

And whatever you decide, God Bless You!

Copyright (c) 2009, the Rev. Rob Blezard. All rights reserved.

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