Category: Stewardship

July 13, 2020

Will Your Finances Flourish or Diminish?

Tip of the Month July, 2020 :  Will Your Finances Flourish or Diminish? By 2026 checks will no longer be processed by banks!  So says, one of the ELCA preferred vendors who oversees Simply Giving, in a recent webinar sponsored by the ELCA Stewardship Desk.  In the past 15 years the use of checks has...

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May 15, 2020

What’s Next: How will COVID-19 Shape the Church’s Future?

Generosity logo SEPA What’s on the horizon for congregations and parishes as we transition from the crisis of the moment to the long-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic? The pandemic has fast-forwarded us into our future at warp speed. Normal has changed forever. With the advent of the digital church, not all of our congregation is physically present....

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April 16, 2020

7 Ways to Keep Donations Flowing During the Covid-19 Crisis

Generosity logo SEPA Stewardship expert Rob Blezard, one of our workshop leaders at our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Key strategies include staying in communication with donors, including an offering time in online worship, and considering the CARES relief program. Your congregation may have...

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January 21, 2020

Extravaganza of Generosity

“You can’t love Jesus and not give,” pastor and author Clif Christopher said in his keynote at the 2020 Extravagant Generosity program Jan. 10. “It’s just impossible.” Yet some churches lose the battle with money because “there are more people who think money can save them than think Jesus can save them,” said Christopher, author...

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January 21, 2020

Cultivate a Heart of Love

Generosity logo SEPA Dear friends, If you missed our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, you missed a great event with excellent keynote addresses, an outstanding sermon and wonderful workshops.  But, here is a chance to benefit from that experience.  One of the workshop leaders, Rob Blezard, has a monthly “Toolkit” that provides helpful bulletin inserts, thoughtful newsletter articles and...

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December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday… And Wednesday…

Generosity logo SEPA Yes, after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday,  society has finally gotten to Giving Tuesday.  And, if your mailboxes, email boxes and social media sites are like mine, they have already been inundated with multiple requests from every organization you ever donated to (including church related sites) and many more to whom some...

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October 15, 2019

Inspire Extravagant Generosity

Save January 10-11 for a weekend of informative and useful presentations designed to inspire Extravagant Generosity in your church! This event is hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446.   This stewardship extravaganza features keynote speakers J. Clif Christopher (author of: It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate...

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September 4, 2019

Crafting a Strategic Stewardship Campaign

Generosity logo SEPA Stewardship expert Catherine Malotky shares the success story of a church that approached groups of members who had different giving histories with different invitations to give and enjoyed a 30 percent increase in annual giving.  I don’t know if this would work for you, but sometimes different approaches that borrow ideas from successful fundraisers can...

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June 4, 2019

Save the Date for ‘Extravagant Generosity’

Save the dates — January 10-11, 2020 — for a can’t miss learning event. “Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Extravaganza” features keynotes by Clif Christopher, author of It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It? and The Church Money Manual, and Aimee Laramore, author of Pathways to Generosity: Year-round Giving and Gratitude. Workshop leaders include: Scott Schantzenbach, Rob...

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April 8, 2019

How to Be an Effective Small Church

Generosity logo SEPA Some years ago, David Ray traveled across the United States, west to east and north to south, and back north, visiting twenty-one smaller faith communities that were noted for the quality and faithfulness of their life together. He asked probing questions and listened carefully, looking for the common denominators, the faithful and exceptional qualities that...

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February 19, 2019

New Online Giving Option for Congregations

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has formed a preferred vendor agreement with Vanco, an eGiving software developer and payment processor serving more than 20,000 churches across the country. The agreement offers Vanco’s GivePlus suite of eGiving solutions to ELCA congregations. The ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working...

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February 7, 2019

Hospitality: The Warm Heart of Generosity

Generosity logo SEPA ELCA staff member Steve Oelschlager writes in the most recent issue of Stewardnet, “How might our life together regularly teach and encourage people to want to be part of something bigger than themselves, sacrificing self for the benefit of others?” I think the answer has everything to do with creating remarkable cultures in which hospitality...

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January 3, 2019

Generosity: Yours for the Asking

Generosity logo SEPA Clif Christopher (who will be our Keynote Speaker at the January 10-11, 2020 Stewardship Extravaganza) shares the following story: Recently I talked with a pastor about how to fund a $6,000 need beyond the resources of the church budget. I felt he had an excellent case for the funds. The ministry sounded important. I asked,...

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October 22, 2018

Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Generosity logo SEPA The Synod Generosity Team and the Delaware Conference invite you to a workshop on generosity and planned giving on Saturday, November 10, 8:30 am to noon, at Reformation Lutheran Church, 102 W. Rose Tree Road, Media. You’ll learn about: Five common ways congregations leave money on the table, and how to get money off the...

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October 3, 2018

Generosity Tip: Telling the Story

Generosity logo SEPA People, especially millennials, support those causes  that have compelling stories that show how money is spent and what outcomes been realized. This is true for our congregations as well as the Synod and the ELCA.  Telling your story at the congregational level is the easiest (though not all congregation’s do this intentionally).  But what about at...

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September 12, 2018

Generosity Tip: It’s About Time

Generosity logo SEPA As we enter a new program year, families and the church face an important issue – how do we manage (steward) our time? Summer is over, weekend trips to the shore or mountains are memories, school is already in full swing and with school come all of the school and extracurricular activities, and your children...

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July 11, 2018

Generosity Tip: Legacy Gifts

Generosity logo SEPA Yvonne Lembo, a member of our Synod Generosity Team, also works with the ELCA as a regional gift planner.  Our ELCA gift planners are a resource that we under-utilize but can be an extra asset for congregations that want to develop or expand their Endowment Funds.  Here’s  an article that Yvonne wrote for this month’s...

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June 5, 2018

Generosity: The Narrative Offering

Generosity logo SEPA For the past year we have had six congregations in SEPA Synod and eight congregations in NEPA Synod participating in a pilot program to Create Congregational Cultures of Generosity.  Teams from each congregation of the Pastor(s) and four to six lay leaders attended a two day intensive training program to help them understand what to...

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March 26, 2018

The Pros Use Coaches. Shouldn’t You?

Generosity logo SEPA Did you ever notice how many coaches professional athletes use?  These are the best in the world in their sport, and yet all of them use coaches on a regular basis.  In fact, in team sports like football or baseball (Go Phillies!!!) there are even specialized coaches for quarterbacks or pitchers; linebackers or a hitting...

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March 5, 2018

New Online Giving Option for Congregations

CHICAGO (March 1, 2018) –The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has reached a preferred vendor agreement with, a company that offers mobile and online tools to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. As a national organization working with many congregations and denominations, offers a cost-effective way to increase congregational giving. Congregations...

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