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A synodwide 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 24, mission interpreters and/or others will deliver mission moments celebrating the congregation’s ministries. A week or two before the event, congregational 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 complete Stewardship Emphasis Resource

Download editable materials:

Foam Finger Order Form

Sample Letters

Worship Materials

Commitment Card


Download the Year C Stewardship Emphasis Resource, "The Widow's Might!"


Download the Year B Stewardship Emphasis Resource, "Enter into the Joy!"

Download the Year A Stewardship Emphasis Resource, "That Christ might come to have first place in everything."


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