Make it Simple Available at www.elca.org/stewardship
Simply put, this is exactly what most congregations are looking for: “Make it Simple” is a free, effective resource for ELCA congregations to deepen the financial stewardship of it’s members.
Make it Simple is a web based portal to resources that include both an all year stewardship education program and an annual congregational response program. This is not exactly a step-by-step program only because the congregation is given so many choices to customize the program to their needs and traditions. However all the materials needed are included as pdf or video downloads.
The materials are based on four separate but related themes including Following Jesus; Following the Truth; Acting together; and Sharing Enough. The supporting materials include Bible studies, sermon starters, children’s sermons and activities, Bible conversations, videos, congregational learning events; family learning events, leadership learning events, and much more.
The congregation is given a choice of ways to respond including commitment Sundays, small group gatherings, and congregational meals. No, there is no cost to using this material. Yes, there is a phone number provided so you can call and get helpful assistance from a real person, one of the ELCA stewardship specialists.
Pastor Mark A. Anderson
Assistant to the Bishop