Stewardship in the midst: New Philadelphia helps families in need

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Back in April, people at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC, were reaching out to Clyde Manning, pastoral assistant, wanting to know if any families within the church had specific needs that others could fill.

“There was a strong desire to help families,” Clyde shared.

Since there wasn’t an urgent need within the congregation, Clyde began to explore the needs of South ...

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Stewardship Spotlight: Recurring Stewardship

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Isaiah 43:19 begins with “See, I am doing a new thing!” It is safe to say we are all doing new things this year, whether it’s having groceries delivered, worshiping online, or teaching our children from home.

How has your stewardship changed during this pandemic? What new things are you doing to give of your time, talent, treasure, and testimony?

A few common statements I hear when I work with congregations on holistic stewardship are:

  • “Stewardship is what I give to my church.”
  • “We ...
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Stewardship Update: Strategies from MMFA & our ecumenical partners

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The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) is pleased to share the following list of stewardship strategies and tips for pastors and stewardship leaders. Over the past weeks we have spent time reading articles from our ecumenical partners and attending webinars, online meetings and conferences, as well as looking at what we know to be true for stewardship in the Moravian Church based on our twenty plus years of experience.

If you would like to speak with someone about how MMFA ...

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Stewardship in the midst

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Lately the phrase “in the midst” seems to be everywhere. In the midst of a pandemic. In the midst of a global crisis. In the midst of a time of extraordinary uncertainty.

As I write this, on April 23, knowing full well circumstances could change before I finish, we are in the midst of discerning when to ...

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I love to tell the story

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As our world continues to be impacted by a pandemic, our communities of faith continue to look for ways to be generous stewards through giving their time, talent, treasure, and testimony to be a part of God’s work.

A few weeks ago we invited people to share their “washing one another’s feet” story with us as we seek to follow the example Jesus set for us when he washed his disciples’ feet. Below are some of those stories; we give ...

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Washing one another’s feet during a time of social distancing

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Photo courtesy of www.LumoProject.com

In John, chapter 13, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. He washes his disciples’ feet, an incredible act of humility, service, and love; in verse 15 he says, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” We are to follow his lead and serve one another.

Over the past few weeks, as the world has entered a time unlike we’ve ever known or could have imagined, ...

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Stewardship in all circumstances

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Many churches have made the difficult decision to cancel worship services this Sunday. Your community of faith still wants to participate in church giving, so what can you do to allow them to contribute even when the doors are closed?

Your Moravian Ministries Foundation offers the following suggestions to encourage ongoing financial stewardship:

  1. Clearly communicate what people’s gifts mean to the church and its ministries, especially in the face of a serious health challenge that is causing a high level of uncertainty. ...
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Learning and practicing abundance

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I recently attended the Lake Institute’s “Congregations Learning and Practicing Abundance” class at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Over the course of two days, we examined how congregations learn, scarcity as an invisible norm, and how to move to a mindset and practice of abundance. Using Tim Shapiro’s book, “How Your Congregation Learns” (which I highly recommend!), we looked at the challenges for our churches as a whole, and stewardship in particular, when we rush to change without taking ...

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What story does your budget tell?

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Last month we began a new “Spotlight on Stewardship” series as part of our regular communications. The series offers best practices for a holistic and sustainable stewardship ministry, as well as shares “stewardship success stories” from Moravian churches, emerging ministries, agencies, and more in North America.

What story does your budget tell?

Once upon a time, there was a church that loved to serve. Each year ...

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Spotlight on Stewardship: A New Gratitude

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This year your Moravian Ministries Foundation is excited to add a “Spotlight on Stewardship” series as part of our regular communications. The series will offer best practices for a holistic and sustainable stewardship ministry, as well as share “stewardship success stories” from Moravian churches, emerging ministries, agencies, and more in North America.

A New Gratitude

Meister Eckhart, Christian theologian and philosopher, asserted that if the only prayer we ever prayed was “thank you,” it would be enough. Oftentimes we get so focused ...

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