The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


How much for the Lord?

This year let's also think about what we pledge our love

"How much for the Lord?” is a relevant question in September as congregations move into their stewardship modes—requesting pledges of treasure, talents and time.

Life is a gift. A good Christian, following Christ, gives it away.

MeterThe church, at times, has a habit of asking the same people again and again for their help. I’ve seen many women and men over the years burn out trying to accede to these requests.

I’ve been burned out a few times myself. After heart surgery, I told our pastor I needed to cut back. Two weekends later a church leader insisted I co-chair a $1 million fund drive. My chore with the drive was successful but exhausting. “No” isn’t necessarily the right answer.

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