October 13, 2022

Generosity And Vitality In The NOW Normal

Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, January 21, 2023 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446 An In-Person Only Event Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch) FREE for SEPA/NEPA Synod seminarians and first-call pastors Engage with...

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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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November 1, 2017

Stewardship Tip: It’s About Giving Thanks

This is the month when we are focused on Thanksgiving, the end of the calendar year and holidays.  Yet, one of the areas that we do not use as systematically or effectively as we might, is giving thanks. We miss a HUGE opportunity.  A recent stewardship thought from Margaret Marcuso of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center...

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October 13, 2016

Stewardship Tip: 10-10-80 Principle

The 10-10-80 Principle of money management has been lifted up in different contexts over the years.  The principle itself is pretty basic.  It encourages each disciple to prayerfully embrace an approach to their incomes around these three percentages: 10% is offered to the work of God’s kingdom in the world through the church and other...

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June 11, 2014

Convocation Explores Generosity, Generations

For the first time in history, six generations are living and worshipping in our congregations simultaneously. To thrive congregations must find ways to relate to all of these cohorts, even though they respond to very different approaches to faith formation and institutional support. Join us at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation as we explore the connection...

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May 10, 2014

Ministry Partner: Stewardship Resource Team

“It’s all about modeling” said Rev. Larry Smoose, team leader for the Synod’s Stewardship Resource Team.  To grow mission-minded stewards of finances, time, and talent, said Rev. Smoose, it’s important that congregational leaders – and congregations themselves – model what it means to be good stewards.  For example, if the goal is tithing, the congregation...

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January 29, 2014

Consider Your Congregation’s Mission Support

  Gifts through Mission Support are a primary way that congregations live into their interdependence with the Synod and the ELCA. Congregations are encouraged to prayerfully consider their Mission Support response and to use the form posted online to indicate their 2014 intent to the Synod Office as soon as possible.   The following letter...

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