- Did you know that the average church bequest is around $30,000? What exciting new ministries could be started with something like that at YOUR church? The Presbyterian Foundation has a new program called Live Forward, Give Forward that can help church members realize the value of bequests as a means of continuing the support of their particular church in their community. You might want to give it a look by going to http://www.liveforwardgiveforward.com/
- Your church might find it helpful to put reminders in bulletins and in your newsletters. Here are 35 quotes from famous folks on giving that you can place here and there throughout the year: http://www.presbyterianendowment.org/information/library/articlesnewsletter-materialstories/35-quotes-giving-names-you-know
- The Texas Presbyterian Foundation has created a nice 6-lesson study on stewardship called Living Generously. It is appropriate for a small group or church study. You might want to give it a look and see how it might grow the spirituality of your congregation. Find it here: http://www.tpf.org/resources/curriculum-living-generously/. Note that (if you look on the right hand part of the webpage) you can find “Living Generously” curriculum for children and for youth.
- Bob Sheldon has collected many sayings of Jesus concerning stewardship, our reliance upon God, and some info on what the money situation was like at the time and place Jesus lived. This website: http://ncpresby.pbworks.com/f/What+Jesus+Had+to+Say+about+Money.pdf will get you to a PDF file with his presentation at The Synod of the Rocky Mountains. Now is a good time to start thinking about what kind of Stewardship presentation your church might conduct in the fall.