Celebrate Stewardship!

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I recently enjoyed breakfast with a retired Moravian pastor and we reflected on her time serving our denomination. I asked her what she wished our churches would do more of, and she quickly responded, “Celebrate!” She went on to say, “As children of God, we have so many reasons to rejoice. God has promised to be with us and we know that no matter what happens, God gives us everything we need to do what He has called us to do. This is cause for celebration!”

At the Moravian Ministries Foundation (MMFA), we too have a reason to celebrate as we get to serve congregations and Moravian ministries in the area of stewardship; after all, stewardship is our joyful response to God’s abundant gifts. Unfortunately for many, the association of money with stewardship is deeply entrenched and our reasons to celebrate as stewards can be quickly lost.

Fortunately MMFA can help! We work with pastors, ministry leaders, and congregations to discover, strengthen and renew their stewardship by:

  • Shaping leaders
  • Educating members
  • Developing holistic and sustainable stewardship ministries

We celebrate that we’re able to offer our stewardship services at no charge thanks to the churches, agencies, Provinces, Districts, and others who invest in the Moravian Common Fund, our pooled investment and endowment management vehicle.

Curious about what MMFA’s stewardship services entail? Let’s talk a little bit about our three areas of focus.

Shaping Leaders:

Stewardship flourishes when clergy and church leaders are equipped and empowered to help believers become disciples of Christ in the use of all the resources God has provided.

MMFA helps shape stewardship leaders by:

  • Working together to identify ways to weave stewardship into the church’s culture
  • Connecting clergy and laity to share best practices
  • Taking steps to decrease fear and anxiety around money
  • Sharing resources from our ecumenical and other partners

Educating members.

Faithful stewards aren’t born; they’re formed. This formation takes intentionality and ongoing education. MMFA can help you educate your members by:

  • Facilitating workshops that help people have a holistic understanding of biblical stewardship
  • Connecting you with educational resources
  • Leading structured processes to identify resources and assets
  • Helping individuals, congregations, and agencies envision and clarify future ministries
  • Assessing the feasibility of various ministry options

Developing holistic & sustainable stewardship ministries.

Stewardship is so much more than an annual financial appeal; thriving stewardship ministries focus on gifts of time, talent, testimony, and treasure throughout the year. MMFA can help you view your stewardship with fresh eyes by:

  • Looking at the congregation’s gifts: how they’re being used and how they make a difference
  • Working with you to create a year-round stewardship ministry that incorporates congregational gifts, enhances ministry connections, includes communication strategies, and connects with the church’s mission and vision for the future
  • Helping you learn best practices for investing, budgeting, and planned giving

The processes and tools we use to shape stewardship leaders, educate members, and develop sustainable stewardship ministries include a period of discernment with the pastor and church leaders, focus groups, planned giving emphases, workshops, and more.

To learn more about MMFA’s stewardship services, read our brochure, visit our website, or contact Laura Watson, Director of Stewardship, at 888-722-7923 or lwatson@nullmmfa.info.

We look forward to celebrating our identities as stewards of God’s kingdom with you, and to moving ministries forward together.

Laura Watson

About the Author:

Laura joined the Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center. When she’s not busy with stewardship and capital campaign consulting for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She also serves on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees, the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.
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