The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


What helps people let go?

Giving is more joyful and generous when we know our offerings help others

Say "stewardship" in front of a church full of worshipers in October and they will hear, "Money!" Christian stewardship encompasses how we manage every detail of our lives and the earth itself, acknowledging all as God's gift. But the word always seems to evoke visions of pledge cards dancing in our hea ds.

Many people, lay and clergy, are uncomfortable talking about money in church. But social scientists are eager to explore the subject. In recent years, several studies have put giving habits under the microscope.

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