Connectional Mission Giving

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Billy Graham

By Generous Stewards | May 14, 2018

On February 21 of this year, the American evangelist Billy Graham passed into heaven, after 99 years of life and more than sixty years of Christian ministry. In that time, he reached more than 210 million people (face-to-face and by satellite feeds) in 185 countries and territories on six continents. Those efforts began in 1947…

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Epiphany — God Beyond the Boundaries

By Generous Stewards | January 8, 2018

Most of us really like our comfort zones: the settings and situations in which we can feel confident in certain roles, know our neighbors or coworkers, and trust that nothing too unexpected and dangerous will catch us by surprise. But those Magi – the wise ones who followed that odd star to the Jesus’ birthplace…

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Mustard Seed Giving

By Generous Stewards | December 5, 2017

Are you looking for that just-right Christmas gift for a woman who already has plenty of stuff? Giving a micro-loan to another woman in her name can be exciting and empowering to the women on both ends! I’ve put Women for Women International on my Christmas list. For twenty-four years, it has helped women survivors…

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Dec. 3 Global Migration Sunday

By Generous Stewards | November 28, 2017

This Sunday, December 3, will be a special Global Migration Sunday, to raise awareness, give support, and pray for refugees and migrants around the world. Whether due to human conflict, persecution, or natural disasters, more than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The United Nations Refugee Agency says that over 21…

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Impact Investing

By Generous Stewards | May 23, 2016

“Impact investing” was a new phrase to me until I saw a piece on YouTube. The term refers to microfinancing: loaning very small amounts of money to individuals to help solve economic and social problems. Microfinancing is a market of about 100 billion dollars today, serving roughly 100 million people by giving loans of 50…

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December 2 #GivingTuesday

By Generous Stewards | November 12, 2014

What a beautiful gift some anonymous donor has made for the United Methodist “#GivingTuesday”! For the one day of December 2, every gift made online to The Advance at will be matched, up to $1 million. “The Advance” is a collective term for hundreds of grassroots United Methodist mission projects in the U.S. and…

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Talking Mission

By Generous Stewards | June 6, 2014

Remember all those church mission statements your congregation has painstakingly writtenover thepast years? Where are they now? I used to have a file drawer full of them, carefully formed in planning retreats, tried for a time and then filed away. But the only really great mission statement is the kind that sets our hearts on…

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Apportionments One-Liners

By Generous Stewards | January 8, 2014

ONE-LINERS ABOUT APPORTIONMENTS FOR YOUR CHURCH BULLETIN OR NEWSLETTER 1 Apportionments are our shared connectional ministries a way to reach out to transform lives beyond the reach of any single congregation. 2 Not a tax but real, live ministry! Through Apportionments, we sustain vital work through hundreds of channels nearby and around the world. 3…

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Mission Shares Part 1: Long Arms and Jesus’ Feet

By Generous Stewards | July 1, 2013

God doesn’t work just with United Methodists. We can glimpse God’s activity all around us! So why participate in God’s work through our Apportionments, or “Mission Shares”? For starters, it has to do with long arms and Jesus’ feet. First of all, our Mission Shares really do support mission.  “It’s an amazing thing when people…

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Mission Shares Part 2: The Local-Global Balance

By Generous Stewards | July 1, 2013

Okay, so it’s an art keeping local and global ministries in a healthy balance. But paying our Conference Mission Shares helps us hugely on both fronts. To begin with, Mission Shares help us fight consumerism. Yes, our whole society swims in those waters. But the consumer attitude can seep into our churches – like the…

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