New from Ecumenical Stewardship Center

INDIANAPOLIS - "New Love, New Mercy" is the theme for this year's edition of Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation. Giving, a publication in its tenth year, offers articles and resources on encouraging stewardship.

The theme is based on Lamentations 3:21-24, in which the author writes, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end."

Giving 2009With more than 2,300 Scripture references to stewardship, it is clear that spirituality and giving are interconnected.

Each year, the center-section pull-out helps congregations develop a multi-step plan for implementing the stewardship theme into the weekly message. "New Mercy, New Love" also includes models for a weekly giving guide and commitment card.

The article "What a three-year-old taught me about giving" explains that selflessness is more beneficial than hoarding.

In an article by Geunhee Yu, the writer reminds us of John Wesley's basic beliefs: "Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can."

Look for tips on the importance of introducing stewardship to young children, as well. Amy Crawford says that parents should focus on the child's time, talent, treasure and terrain in order to best help them understand giving.
There also are practical tips on assessing personal value of home, antiques and savings accounts.

The publication is produced by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which boasts board members from more than 12 different denominations.

Giving is $9 a copy plus shipping and handling, and includes some back issues, Web site addresses and other Christian resources. Stephen W. Johnson, an Elder of the Indiana Conference, serves as Executive Director of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center located in the Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis, a few doors down the hall from the Indiana United Methodist Area office.

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