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1 1 Stewardship: Whats Age Got to Do With It? Karl Travis Pastor, First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth, TX

2 2 4 types of generations Civic Adaptive Idealist Reactive These types of generations have repeated in the same order, with one exception, through U.S. history. Generations Theory

3 3 4 types of generations Civic Adaptive Idealist Reactive These types of generations have repeated in the same order, with one exception, through U.S. history. We develop natural ease with those who experience the same formative events at similar developmental stages. Generations Theory

4 4 4 types of generations Civic Adaptive Idealist Reactive These types of generations have repeated in the same order, with one exception, through U.S. history. We develop natural ease with those who experience the same formative events at similar developmental stages. In understanding the past, we anticipate the future. Generations Theory

5 5 4 types of generations Civic Adaptive Idealist Reactive These types of generations have repeated in the same order, with one exception, through U.S. history. We develop natural ease with those who experience the same formative events at similar developmental stages. In understanding the past, we anticipate the future. Biblically, history is a line, and a circle -- a spiral. Generations Theory

6 6 The Living Generations GenerationBirth Generation YearsType »GI Generation Civic »Silent Generation Adaptive »Boomer Generation Idealist »Thirteener (Xer) Generation Reactive »Millennial Generation Civic Neil Howe and Bill Strauss, Generations: The History of Americas Future, 1584 to Quill: New York, 1991.

7 Early experiences of money and stewardship Trained from childhood Nickels/Dimes in the milk box Fruit Fruits givers Likeliest to be pledgers Likeliest to be tithers Giving is a public responsibility, a necessity GI and Silent Generations

8 Attitude Toward the Institutional Church High level of trust and participation Church mirrored, and symbolized, the established order Church is repository of inherited faith, entrance into social belonging Yet, in later years, the church was not above critique GI and Silent Generations

9 Meaning of Money money = security Stewardship Descriptor GIs: sacrifice Silents: commitment Money followed mission GI and Silent Generations

10 How the church can encourage good stewardship among GIs and Silents Estate planning Fear management Encourage GIs and Silents to share their experiences and values to allow a new stewardship conversation GI and Silent Generations

11 Baby Boom and 13er Generations Early experiences of money Post war economic boom Upward mobility Television advertising (redefined scope of perceived affluence) Rapid growth of stock market Growing disparity between rich and poor

12 Early experiences of stewardship Spotty stewardship training in mainline congregations Many come from unchurched backgrounds, so stewardship is a new conversation Taught that giving is a personal option, personal possibility, not public necessity Baby Boom and 13er Generations

13 Boomer Attitude Toward Institutional Church Distrust, if not disgust Skeptical of stewardship if presented about the institutions health. Money does not follow mission, for Boomers Hold little denominational loyalty Baby Boom and 13er Generations

14 13er Attitude Toward Institutional Church Not constitutionally anti-institutional Will trust a congregation if it works, i.e. does what it says its going to, and tells the truth Looking for community, not church, in which to practice spiritual disciplines Baby Boom and 13er Generations

15 Meaning of Money Money = tool Stewardship Descriptor Boomers: distrust 13ers: ignorance Mission must follow money Baby Boom and 13er Generations

16 Making Faithful Boomer & 13er stewards … Earn trust Provide control in giving Provide choice in giving Educate: many Boomers began faith journey in a time when our congregations didnt teach stewardship Baby Boom and 13er Generations

17 Making Faithful Boomer & 13er stewards … Reinterpret, Reframe stewardship 1. Holistically. Its about lifestyle. 2. Its about individuals need to give, NOT churchs need to receive 3. Stewardship a spiritual discipline, among other disciplines. Baby Boom and 13er Generations

18 Making Faithful Boomer & 13er stewards … Challenge the conflation of want and need : Model sacrifice. The congregation which doesnt give to mission off the top has no moral right to ask its members to Baby Boom and 13er Generations

19 Have we been doing the wrong thing, really well, for the last 30 years?

20 Common Steps in a Stewardship Campaign 1.Session projects coming years budget (may be rough draft) 2.Interprets budget to congregation Newsletter articles, Minutes for Mission, letters, brochures Pastor preaches motivational stewardship sermon on single stewardship Sunday Pledge Cards toward coming years budget circulated by US mail Available in the Narthex Pony Express or other house to house system 3.Pledge Cards returned by due date 4.Session totals pledge cards, adjusts budget, dedicates pledges in worship 5.Following year, process repeated

21 1.Session projects coming years budget (may be rough draft) 2.Interprets budget to congregation Newsletter articles, Minutes for Mission, letters, brochures Pastor preaches motivational stewardship sermon on single stewardship Sunday Pledge Cards toward coming years budget circulated by US mail Handed out in church Pony Express or other house to house system 3.Pledge Cards returned by due date 4.Session totals pledge cards totaled, adjusts budgets, dedicates pledges in worship 5.Following year, process repeated Campaign for Whom? Motivates GIs/ Silents Motivates Boomers/ 13ers

22 Talk about God, then the believer, then the Church … in that order. Emphasize individual's need to give, not church's need to receive. — Consider electronic funds transfer, i.e. receiving gifts by debit/credit card payments. All stewardship rooted in thanks-giving. Gratitude produces generosity. A word about designation, special offerings, etc. vs. unified budget model. Money Cross Talk for All Generations: ~A Miscellany~

23 Reverse the budget equation Pledges produce budget; budget doesnt attract pledges Use narrative budgets Faith first; formulas later Provide opportunities for faith speaking Personal faith sharing (Every Member Visitation?) Testimonials in worship Earn Trust – walking the walk PPP: Publicly Promise to Pay mission commitments first For leaders, especially pastors: share that you give, what you give, and why Transparent Treasury Regular financial statements in public places Systematic reporting of expenditure AND need Money Cross Talk for All Generations: ~A Miscellany~

24 In the annual stewardship effort, target the message, design the experience Multiple mailings, generationally specific Generationally sensitive brochures, letters, and appeals Include younger members in planning and executing the stewardship effort; many times, younger members have little idea of how much money it takes to run a church! Money Cross Talk for All Generations: ~A Miscellany~

25 Reframe stewardship to be about all of life, and hence a year round conversatio stewardship more than the dreaded Stewardship Sunday Teach financial resource management Provide resources n: Preach on simple living Center for New American Dream: The Simple Living Network: Alternatives for Simple Living: Money Cross Talk for All Generations: ~A Miscellany~

26 Divide into groups of 3-4. Include as many generations as possible in your group. In five minutes, write a outline for a single sermon which would reach and motivate every generation. Here are some choices of texts: Matthew 6:25-34Seek first … Deuteronomy 26:1-15Giving the first fruits Matthew 19:23-30We have left all …. 2 Corinthians 8:8-15Give according to what you have Psalm 24The earth is the Lords Luke 12:13-21Parable of the rich fool Malachi 3:1-10Tithing An Exercise for you to try in your congregation …


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