Personal Finances

Some Thoughts on Stewardship

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us so that we are renewed in our spirit, will, attitude and desires. The Holy Spirit enables us to rise above our natural inclinations. The natural inclinations that we all have are inclinations of selfishness and self-centeredness. Godly stewardship is the opposite of selfishness and self-centeredness. The desire to serve God… Read more »

Schools Join Together to Support Lutheran South Unity

At Lutheran South Unity School, the school mascot is the phoenix, a mythical creature who rises from the ashes to soar again. It is a fitting emblem for a school that is reviving private, Christian education on the south side of Fort Wayne. Eleven Lutheran schools in the area have pledged help to Lutheran South… Read more »

Improving Your Congregational Stewardship

The goal of stewardship ministry is to help God’s people grow in their relationship with Christ. This is done with individuals within their congregation, using time, talents and treasures entrusted to them. The following is a list of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod websites that have a list of resources. 1. lcms.org – Click on Administration/Education and… Read more »

Students learn to live generously, even in times of hardship

Update: The original story indicated that LSUS was unable to accept new Choice Scholarships (vouchers) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Those consequences were lifted by the State Board of Education in June according to state law and following the school’s “B” grade. That’s great news for Fort Wayne students!  Students at Lutheran South Unity School… Read more »

New Stewardship Programs Available for Download

First Fruits Living and Giving Looking for a free and joyous activity for your church with a whole-life stewardship emphasis?  There are now five sets of materials available for downloading free from the District’s website. These programs from Stewardship Advisors are Scripturally-based, grace-centered, copy-ready, and contain everything your LCMS church will need:  Bible studies, bulletin messages, commitment forms,... Read more »

Stewardship Begins by Receiving

The stereotypical understanding of “stewardship” describes a process of giving, encourages generosity and seeks to inspire sacrificial giving. In my seven years in stewardship consulting, I’ve come to see “stewardship” and “generous giving” as a likely a second dynamic to “receiving” (yes, receiving). The grace to receive, the acceptance of God’s Gifts in whatever sacrificial… Read more »

Joyfully Managing the Lord’s Gifts

We pray to the Lord, asking Him to bless our lives with the outflow of His grace. It all centers in what He has given us in His Son Jesus. From that flows all the other things that enrich our daily experience. So we have prayed for our economy. If you have invested in the… Read more »

A Commitment to Generosity

What’s in the middle of February? You’re correct. Yep, right in the middle of the calendar is a big ol’ heart — a heart for Valentine’s Day! A day we set aside to give someone special (like a spouse, parent or grandparent) a gift of some sort. It might be flowers, a meal or a… Read more »

Selfish vs Selfless

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “November?” Perhaps you think of Thanksgiving, no work, no school, a month until Christmas, or Black Friday. Of course, when I was growing up, we didn’t have a name for the day after Thanksgiving. Now everyone knows it as Black Friday, when merchants… Read more »