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 on budgets and pledge drives that we forget to thank people for their gifts and celebrate what our collective stewardship accomplishes.

One way to say “thank you” and lift up all that has been done is by creating a “Gratitude Report.” It’s one part narrative budget, telling the story of what money has meant for ministry, but it also shares and gives thanks for gifts of time, talent, and testimony. For example:

  • 200 chemo caps knitted and given to cancer patients at our local hospital
  • 32 children served through our literacy program in partnership with our local elementary school
  • 64 musicians of all ages contributed to our four choirs

The goal is to notice the good things that have happened over the year and to give thanks for them, both as a community and to God. If you’d like to learn more about a “Gratitude Report,” please contact Laura Watson (lwatson@nullmmfa.info, 888-722-7923).

We Want to Hear From You!

How does your community of faith use its time, talent, treasure, and testimony to support God’s work in the world? We are eager to share “stewardship success stories” as we know how they can connect us and inspire new ministry.

If your church, agency, or ministry has a story to tell, let us know! It could be people giving of their time to participate in an ecumenical food pantry program, like Newfoundland Moravian Church. It could be gifts of musical talent, such as those given by Home Moravian Church members to have a “Morning Star” flash mob in downtown Winston-Salem during this past Christmas season. Perhaps the story is about gifts of treasure to support free Open Door Lunches for the community during the winter, like those hosted by Ephraim Moravian Church. Or maybe it’s gifts of testimony, building relationships within the congregation or in the neighborhood.

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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 for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served 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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