But sometimes stewardship is misunderstood, equated simply with giving money rather than sharing time, spirit and love. Linda Staats is trying to change that with The Generosity Project, a stewardship resource funded in part by Mission Support.
Generosity is a value, a characteristic and a practice that lies at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. And yet, we lament that many Christians exhibit a miserly spirit. How does one become a person with a generous spirit? How can this key trait be nourished from generation to generation? The ELCA’s Generosity Project aims to cultivate generosity in families and congregations through workshops and exercises at church and home.Learn More Study Guide
When Diane Krauszer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Palmer, Alaska, introduced her congregation to The Generosity Project two years ago, it shifted perspectives.
“One [person] exclaimed, ‘We never talked about any of this when I was a kid, and I wish we had,’” Krauszer said. Believing this resource could benefit neighbors at Epiphany Lutheran Episcopal Church, Valdez, Alaska, she took a cue from the project and shared it with them.
In 2019, Krauszer partnered with Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg, Epiphany’s pastor, to introduce the blended Lutheran-Episcopal congregation and a neighboring Catholic church to The Generosity Project.
“It [was] a very natural partnership to invite [our Catholic neighbors],” Pabo-Eulberg said. “They were really excited to talk about giving from their perspective.”
Among them were Epiphany members Donna Newcomer, a baby boomer, and Steve Newcomer, of the Greatest Generation.