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1 Ken Sloane Director of Stewardship, GBOD Disciples Share Their Resources for Mission Module 6: Stewardship

2 LOVING Formation QuestionsFormation Questions How have you experienced the presence of God How have you experienced the presence of God Who have you met with to work on the Missions assignment? Who have you met with to work on the Missions assignment? What are you learning about being a spiritual leader? What are you learning about being a spiritual leader?

3 LOVING

4 Stewardship: Broad meaning Stewardship: Broad meaning – Environmental – Human Resources (leadership) – D.C.M.: “Steward of Vision” ) ¶608 – More…all good applications My Focus: Giving & Generosity My Focus: Giving & Generosity Scope LEARNING

5 Unlearning StewardshipUnlearning Stewardship LEARNING FALL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN

6 “It’s all about relationships…” “It’s all about relationships…” Stewardship & RelationshipsStewardship & Relationships LEARNING With God, with Christ With God, with Christ With local church With local church Global church Global church With all God’s children With all God’s children With money our stuff. With money our stuff. UMNS PHOTO BY MIKE DUBOSE

7 Wesley’s Heart for GivingWesley’s Heart for Giving LEARNING

8 Taught more about this than any other subject Taught more about this than any other subject No single prescription No single prescription Goal for us not wealth or prosperity, but abundant life! Goal for us not wealth or prosperity, but abundant life! Prayer: Prayer: – “daily bread” LEARNING UMNS PHOTO BY DAN GANGLER Jesus on Money & PossessionsJesus on Money & Possessions

9 Wealth is a Blessing Wealth is a Blessing Importance of Community Importance of Community Vocation of Human Beings Vocation of Human Beings God is trustworthy God is trustworthy LEARNING Essay: Thinking Theologically About Wealth, Including Money; Carol Johnston; UMNS PHOTO BY MIKE DUBOSE Key Themes Hebrew ScripturesKey Themes Hebrew Scriptures

10 Key Theological QuestionsKey Theological Questions LEARNING How do we understand God’s role in what we have? How do we understand God’s role in what we have? How much do we trust God? How much do we trust God? Essay: Thinking Theologically About Wealth, Including Money; Carol Johnston;

11 Consider Jesus’ Feeding of 5000 Consider Jesus’ Feeding of 5000 – “We don’t have enough…” – “We can’t afford…” – Lesson about trust? Fear and Scarcity ThinkingFear and Scarcity Thinking LEARNING

12 It Is All About UsIt Is All About Us Journey begins by looking at ourselvesJourney begins by looking at ourselves How do I see money? How do I see money? Does money motivate me? Does money motivate me? How much is enough? How much is enough? Why can’t I seem to save? Why can’t I seem to save? Does money equal security? Does money equal security? Do I use money as a medicine for unhappiness? Do I use money as a medicine for unhappiness? Can money buy love? Can money buy love? Can it buy “like”? Can it buy “like”? UMNS PHOTO BY JESS WAMOCK LEARNING

13 Generosity and JoyGenerosity and Joy LEARNING 4 Keys to Cultivating Contentment4 Keys to Cultivating Contentment 1.It could be worse.1.It could be worse. 2.How long will this make me happy?2.How long will this make me happy? 3.Develop a grateful heart.3.Develop a grateful heart. 4.Where does my soul find true satisfaction? From Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity, Adam Hamilton (Abingdon Press, 2009) UMNS PHOTO BY MIKE DUBOSE

14 Discovering SimplicityDiscovering Simplicity LEARNING From Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity, Adam Hamilton (Abingdon Press, 2009) 5 Steps to Simplify Your Life5 Steps to Simplify Your Life 1.Reduce consumption, make do with less1.Reduce consumption, make do with less 2.First ask, “Do I need this?”2.First ask, “Do I need this?” 3.Use what have before buying new.3.Use what have before buying new. 4.Simplify entertainment choices.4.Simplify entertainment choices. 5.Are there major changes to make?5.Are there major changes to make? UMNS PHOTO BY PAUL JEFFREY

15 Priorities and BoundariesPriorities and Boundaries LEARNING Insert “10 Apples” Video here

16 Discussion LEARNING UMNS PHOTO BY MIKE DUBOSE In groups of 2 or 3, brainstorm ways you could approach a discussion of tithing with your congregation by talking about priorities and boundaries. – What’s most important? – What do I need to say “no” to so I can say “yes” to something else?

17 Questions? LEARNING

18 Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING

19 – “A brush fire is approaching your house and you have five minutes to get out (with your family and pets). What would you carry out with you?” Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING 2. First Fruits Teaching2. First Fruits Teaching

20 Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING Find leaders who Find leaders who – Get it – Talk it – Live it Make time for personal witness Make time for personal witness Make it part of your culture Make it part of your culture 3. Personal Witness3. Personal Witness

21 Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING – Reasons People Chose to Give Belief in Mission Belief in Mission Regard for Leadership Regard for Leadership Fiscal Responsibility Fiscal Responsibility UMNS PHOTO BY MIKE DUBOSE 4. Clear Mission4. Clear Mission

22 – Clear & Concise? – Do people know it? Weems & Berlin Weems & Berlin – Read for Module 7 – Two Important Words “…so that…” “…so that…” Is there Fruit? Is there Fruit? Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING 4. Clear Mission4. Clear Mission

23 – Jon Stewart, Daily Show –– " Being a Methodist is easy,” Stewart said on his show. “It's like the University of Phoenix of religions: you just send them 50 bucks and click ‘I agree’ and you are saved. ” Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING 5. High Expectations5. High Expectations

24 Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements LEADING “Yet churches that ask something of their members tend to have a more engaged and active laity who feel empowered for the work of the ministry. Young people, in particular, are eager to invest their lives in something bigger than themselves.” (Robin Russell, UM Reporter) 5. High Expectations5. High Expectations

25 LEADING 1.Self-Examination1.Self-Examination 2.First Fruits Teaching2.First Fruits Teaching 3.Clear Mission3.Clear Mission 4.Personal Witness4.Personal Witness 5.High Expectation5.High Expectation Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements HOMEWORK

26 Funding the MissionFunding the Mission LEADING Is there a mission worth funding? Is there a mission worth funding? – Is raising money just to keep doors open reason enough? – If your church closed tomorrow who would notice?

27 Spreadsheet vs. NarrativeSpreadsheet vs. Narrative Sample from Extravagant Generosity, The Heart of Giving, Michael Reeves & Jennifer Tyler (Abingdon Press, 2011) LEADING

28 Mission vs. MortarMission vs. Mortar “The leader of the missional church is committed to make sure ministry and mission are not sacrificed on the altar of mortar. In fact, I want to make sure that the mission line items that benefits those outside Gighamsburg’s walls exceed all capital expenses each year” LEADING

29 Mission vs. MortarMission vs. Mortar MORTAR22% MISSION34% MINISTRY/DISCIPLESHIP30% ADMINISTRATIVE14% Ginghamsburg UMC, 2009 Based on data provided in the book, Change the World by Mike Slaughter (Abingdon Press, 2010) LEADING

30 Mission vs. MortarMission vs. Mortar LEADING Insert “Sudan” Video here

31 Mission vs. MortarMission vs. Mortar LEADING

32 Missional StorytellersMissional Storytellers LEADING Insert “Liberia2Louisiana” Video here

33 In 2010, United Methodists gave $6.2 billion dollars to local church On average, $121 million each Sunday On average, $121 million each Sunday That’s $12,000 every minute, 24/7! That’s $12,000 every minute, 24/7! LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

34 LEADING Insert “Receiving the Gift of Hope” Video here

35 Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story LEADING In a United Methodist School in Zimbabwe, this child eats a simple lunch because through our offerings we reached him together. In a United Methodist School in Zimbabwe, this child eats a simple lunch because through our offerings we reached him together.

36 Could your local church do that every day, for all of these children, on your own? Could your local church do that every day, for all of these children, on your own? ?? LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

37 Before we can try to “move the needle” and increase giving to the local church or the connection, people need to be convinced that their giving does make a difference. LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

38 LEADING

39 LEADING Many local churches face tremendous financial pressures because expenses have increased faster than giving. Staff Salaries… Staff Salaries… Healthcare costs… Healthcare costs… Fuel costs… Fuel costs… Property Insurance Property Insurance Connectional giving requirements are harder and harder to meet, and yet…

40 In 2005, when our people were confronted with the human suffering caused by the Tsunami in Indonesia… LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

41 …and the devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina & Rita in the US… LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

42 United Methodists gave over $100 million, plus thousands of flood buckets, health kits, and VIM Team hours to help ease the suffering. LEADING Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

43 LEADING Q: So why this incredible response, even in the midst of these other financial pressures? A: When a need is presented in a way that touches people’s hearts they will give. Tell the Mission StoryTell the Mission Story

44 LEADING Closing ThoughtsClosing Thoughts There is no…There is no… magic wand, magic wand, no answer in a box. no answer in a box. money tree, money tree, Holy lottery number Holy lottery number Praying for a bequestPraying for a bequest A good thing, A good thing, Not the answer to question: Not the answer to question: “How do we grow a church of generous disciples?” “How do we grow a church of generous disciples?”

45 LEADING Closing ThoughtsClosing Thoughts Developing generous disciples…Developing generous disciples… Hard work, Hard work, Like growing a garden Like growing a garden Doesn’t happen in one day Doesn’t happen in one day Fruit harvest, well worth it Fruit harvest, well worth it Time of change and uncertaintyTime of change and uncertainty One thing I know for sure One thing I know for sure World needs Jesus Christ World needs Jesus Christ

46 LEADING 1.Self-Examination1.Self-Examination 2.First Fruits Teaching2.First Fruits Teaching 3.Clear Mission3.Clear Mission 4.Personal Witness4.Personal Witness 5.High Expectation5.High Expectation Five Key ElementsFive Key Elements HOMEWORK

47 LEADING Close in Prayer


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