Conservative Mennonite Conference utilizes the stewardship resources of Everence, an Anabaptist financial services agency serving the broader church. A number of links are offered below which direct you to stewardship resources on the Everence website which are particularly applicable for church treasurers and church leaders.
1. Congregational Stewardship Resource Manual
As God’s stewards, we will reflect God’s abundance through our generosity in achieving missional goals across all parts of the church.
This web-based manual is intended to provide resources to help your congregation better navigate many of the stewardship opportunities and challenges in today’s world. Because it is an electronic based resource it will be regularly updated and expanded as requests come from persons like you who take the time to follow its development.
The table of contents that follows identifies what is just the beginning of many sections yet to be added. This is to be a living and evolving document and your comments and suggestions are welcomed. You are invited to send requests for information about stewardship topics and resources to firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to http://www.everence.com/congregational-stewardship-resource-manual/?terms=Congregational+Stewardship+Resource+Manual.
2. Found Faithful – Sunday worship resource guide on stewardship:
4 Week Stewardship series (sermons)
Adult Education classes on wholistic stewardship themes
30 Days of Generosity
3. But it’s only a story – Sunday school resource
People remember stories. Maybe that’s why Jesus told stories. Talking about money is uncomfortable, but stories can spark discussion on this important topic at your church. This four-session curriculum is designed to help people approach and talk about money, which can encourage better thinking and decisions. The sessions focus on these topics:
Intro – But it’s only a story
Part 1 – Everyone has a stewardship story
Part 2 – Stories of Wealth: Lord, make me a philanthropist
Part 3 – Stories of Greed: Guarding against greed
Part 4 – Stories of Generosity: Proportional, intentional and sacrificial
4. Mennonite foundation donor advised fund
Through the Mennonite Foundation donor advised fund, individuals can contribute cash or other assets with a fair market value (such as real estate, securities, mutual fund shares, etc.) and then individuals can recommend grants to their favorite charitable organizations. Designed with three different funding levels, donors are able to participate at a charitable giving level that best suits their needs.
5. Everence advocate and sharing fund resources
CMC congregations are encouraged to appoint advocates who can apply for matching funds from Everence to meet financial needs of individuals and families within the congregation. The links below help explain the role of advocates.
6. Church mortgage loans
The following links provide information on how to secure a loan for your church building project. The two sites give a general overview as well as online applications for church loans.
7. Affording college and managing college debt
Three 3 minute videos target young adults and their parents concerning affording college and college debt. The videos are available in English and in Spanish. They are great discussion starters and provide valuable information on what to consider at various stages of a college education.
The following topics are addressed: the perspective student, the current student, and graduation and
These videos provide valuable information at a time when college debt is a primary concern for many of us. The impact on the church long term could be significant if more and more young adults become mired in debt (Proverbs 22:7).
You can view the three videos at www.everence.com/college
8. Phone based financial counseling
You can receive up to six free and confidential counseling sessions from a certified consumer credit counselor for these financial issues:
Vehicle loan issues.•Student loan issues.•Bankruptcy** consequences and alternatives.•Home buying readiness and mortgages.•Mortgage foreclosure and/or predatory lending.•Preventing and resolving identity theft.•management plans.*Debt repayment options and debt•Credit reports and improving credit scores.•Money management and budgeting.
Click here to view a brochure that explains this further.