New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program Team Member Manual: Revised Edition by Herb Miller
All Saints Consecration Sunday
Our worship service was led by Fr. Doug who conducted a brief period of instruction and inspiration, followed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship. A catered meal followed. Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship.
Request an Exam Copy. New Consecration Sunday approaches financing the ministries of your congregation by teaching stewardship from a spiritual perspective rather than a fundraising perspective. It focuses on the question, "What is God calling me to do? What do I need to get started? Herb Miller is an internationally recognized authority in congregational health and effectiveness. More than two million clergy and lay leaders in twenty-five denominations read The Parish Paper , which he co-edits with Lyle E. Herb Miller is recognized as an authority in church health and effectiveness.
I became very curious of this financial concept and how it works. It was further explained that New Consecration Sunday focuses on teaching stewardship based on giving for your own spiritual benefit rather than the need to balance the budget. As we continued our conversation, Pastor Witt presented details of how New Consecration Sunday unfolds. First, a guest leader, pastor, is selected to lead the charge of promoting the program. Also, before the Consecration Sunday, a luncheon or dinner is held with the board members, committee chairpersons, and ministry chairs.
But congregations which approach stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay the bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God. Stewardship is an indispensable part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we trust that worshippers are followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages us all to progress toward the goal of proportionate and systematic giving.
As a registered user, you'll also enjoy the ability to save content, access subscriber-only content and share. In far too many of our churches the pastor and finance committee are focused on developing the budget, perfecting the budget, and meeting the budget so that bills and payroll can be paid. This process is often driven by a desire to present to the congregation a budget with only a 2 or 3 percent increase in the belief that the congregation would accept that as a reasonable increase. The line-item shifting process is also driven by a desire to inform the congregation of fixed increases the finance committee is facing in insurance and utility cost, to move some dollars out of ministry areas that have fallen out of favor, and to reward the pastor and staff with at least a cost of living increase. Bill Easum has been calling for this change for some time. Encourage people to give because they want to, rather than because the church needs money.