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firstplaceA Synod-wide stewardship emphasis

Who is Christ in your life? What place does he take in the many priorities we set before ourselves? How we answer that as followers of Jesus has a huge impact on how we will live out a life of commitment to our Lord. Paul addresses the same questions in his letter to the Colossians.

He writes: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. (Colossians 1:15-18)

The Metropolitan New York Synod Stewardship and Mission Support Table has developed a program of stewardship commitment emphasis to train stewardship committees, mobilize spiritual formation groups for lay people, and involve pastors in a synod-wide pulpit exchange.

Our focus will be on the spiritual discipline of stewardship. Spiritual formation small groups will center themselves in the Word, in conversation, and in prayer for three sessions. The purpose is not a Bible study per se, but an opportunity to interact with God and others in spiritual conversation. Leading up to Christ the King Sunday, November 20, congregational leaders will deliver mission moments celebrating the congregation’s ministries. A week or two before the event, leaders of the partnered congregations meet and the pastors will thank leaders and offer biblical grounding about our interconnectedness within the Body of Christ in mission. The stewardship emphasis culminates on a celebration service where pastors minister to each other’s congregations with a stewardship message and lead a time of commitment.


Download the Synod-wide Stewardship Emphasis:


Download the complete resource, including sermon notes, helps for mission moments, a sample budget, small group devotions and more!

Download editable materials: 

Sample Letters

Worship Materials

Commitment Card

For more information, contact Pr. Lamont Anthony Wells, Director of Evangelical Mission, at 212-870-2379 or lwells@mnys.org.

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Resources for Download


Year A: 

That Christ might come to have first place in everything.

Updated for fall 2016


Year B: 

Enter the Joy!

Updated for fall 2014


Year C: 

The Widow's Might!

Updated for fall 2015





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