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“Live Free” Financial Commitment Program

Written for the CA-NV United Methodist Conference

Instant Connection, 7/30/2015

Live Free, the 2015 issue of Giving magazine from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC), is now available. The center section, written by California-Nevada Conference minister, the Rev. Betsy Schwarzentraub, is the leader’s guide for a four-week worship emphasis on holistic stewardship that also helps fund local-church ministries.

Live Free is based on 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and Galatians 5:1. It offers four weeks of focus: Free from the Money Trap; Free to Be Rich; Free from the Uncertainty of Riches; and, Free to Take Hold of Life. The rest of the publication includes pieces on holistic stewardship, ranging from helping families gain financial freedom, to fueling mission giving and planned giving ideas. Persons can also order theme materials including printed bulletin inserts, separate commitment cards for children and for adults, letterhead, envelopes, bookmarks and posters.

The Rev. Dan Sturdivant, stewardship leader and pastor in the California-Nevada Conference, wrote four weeks of adult Bible studies, as part of the digital companion resources which can accompany this congregational emphasis. Additional electronic resources related to this theme provide a church with children’s stories, sessions for youth, calls to worship, prayers, and sermon starters.

Giving magazine is an ecumenically-based stewardship resource sponsored by nineteen North American denominations including the United Methodist Church. Schwarzentraub currently serves on its Editorial Board. To view or order this program, log on to