Stewardship & Spiritual Gifts
Stewardship is everything we do after we say, "I believe." When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we know that everything
we have and everything we are comes from God. Therefore, stewardship is our response to all the gifts that we have already
received--our selves, our family, our vocation, our talents, our past and our future.
God has given each Christian two vitally important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, his work of redemption, and thus forgiveness of sin. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the body of Christ and for the growth of God's Kingdom. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.
Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of our spiritual gifts until they have been opened. Follow the link below to visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Spiritual Gifts Inventory online assessment. This tool will help you begin to open your spiritual gifts by guiding you through the following three activities:
Highlighting scripture: references that both support the existence of spiritual gifts and identify those which are commonly found in service today.
Self Assessment: a list of 60 questions which will help you identify which gifts you have received in greatest measure.
Exploration of Use: suggestions for the various types of ministry you might be most effective in because of your spiritual gifts. These three activities will begin to help you discover and employ your spiritual gifts. May the special abilities God has given you be deployed in areas of ministry where they will be most effective for the good of the entire church body. These gifts should also be affirmed by the body and utilized by the one who is gifted.
Spiritual Gifts Inventory Self Assessment
After you score your inventory continue the process by learning more about the different Spiritual Gifts. To discuss even more about Spiritual Gifts and putting your gifts to use at First, contact the church office at 944-3196.
Did you know...?
Did you know that you can sign up for your offering to be received via automated giving (ACH transactions)? First Lutheran uses
a program called “Simply Giving” through which you can authorize weekly or monthly transactions from your savings or checking account. You can give an offering to the General Fund, and also make regular gifts to other funds, such as the Capital Campaign or
the Building Fund. By doing this, you ensure that your offering is received regularly, even when you forget your offering envelope or check book, or when you are traveling or unable to come to church. Each ACH transaction costs $0.28, so a monthly automated gift costs the church less than offering envelopes. Many members already give their offering this way. If you would like to begin using Simply Giving, pick up a form at the Resource Center, fill it out and turn it in to the church office. When you submit your form, you
will be removed from the offering envelope mailing list, although you will maintain your envelope number, which can still be used
with the pew envelopes for special gifts. If you have any questions, talk with Financial Secretary Lynn Lindell by calling the church office or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply Giving Authorization Form
— First, We Give Of Ourselves
This fall we began our stewardship journey that is called First, We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Generosity. The basis of our theme is the Bible passage from 2 Corinthians 8:5 where the Apostle
Paul describes the generosity of the Macedonian Christians as “giving of themselves”. This scripture leads us to realize what it means to “give of ourselves”, to live as disciples, and grow in our giving.
Throughout the campaign our attention has focused on the topic of generosity and what it means to “give in generosity” as God’s people in Christ:
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