Building a Stewardship House: Laying a Foundation of Generosity

In August 2015 the SW Mn Synod, in partnership with the SE Mn Synod and Gustavus Adolphus College, presented a “in person” and “live stream” event called “Building a Stewardship House: Laying a foundation of Generosity.”

The “live stream” event was recorded. (see playlist link below).

The opening, closing and four selected topic talks addressed “generosity” in creative ways. The goal was to add an alternative voice to a prominent one in our “money and market based” culture, a culture often marked by fear, scarcity and secrecy when it comes to talking about money and its power in our lives. The alternative voice, God’s Generosity lived out through God’s people!

The opening and closing was offered by ELCA Bishops Jon Anderson (SW MN) and Steven Delzer (SE MN). They provided a framework for the conversations.  Speakers, Catherine Malotky (Luther Seminary Development office), Adam Copeland (“Center for Stewardship Leaders” at Luther Seminary, director), and David Anfinson (CPA and owner of Anfinson Thompson Accounting and Financial Services, Willmar, MN) each addressed areas spelled out on the downloadable flyer. Each speaker was invited to do a “TED talk” style presentation. (TED talks = 18 minutes sharing “one great idea”) Flyer pdf:

Chris Kiewel, a dedicated servant of Jesus, provided technology help with GAC technology director, Matt Dobesenski. Chris “edited” the event to create this “playlist.” It offers a “brief intro” to each talk. Each section includes the talk followed by a “Q and A time.” 

How do you use these talks?  We would recommend them as something to share in council meetings, Stewardship planning sessions or within the Finance conversations taking place in local church settings. Especially we want to encourage the importance of a “Narrative Budget” (David Anfinson talk). A valuable resource to explore this topic is:

Playlist of the entire list of talks:

For questions please contact: Rev. Larry Strenge


Synod Assembly Videos – Bishop Reports and more- I promised these earlier. My favorite is the second. Priceless Equipping Stories

Divided into playlists here:

Bishop Report 1:

Bishop Report 2:

Bishop Report 3:


Bishop Jon – Thanks Chris Kiewel

Discovering Hope Resources – Video, Handouts and Activities in Dropbox and Leader’s Guide – Check it out

We are grateful for your congregation’s participation in Discovering Hope on June 27, 2015.


We want to encourage you to continue to grow in the learning that was offered on that day through the enclosed materials.


If you want to explore more about Discovering Hope you may “VIEW” the event through these two links:

Discovering Hope 6.27.15 Hours 1 and 2


Discovering Hope 6.27.15 Hours 3 and 4


All of the files and activities that were led by Pastor Nancy Nyland are enclosed in this Dropbox file.

Discovering Hope agenda and activites


I would suggest that you look at the Discovering Hope LEADER GUIDE sheet as a “first step.”

LEADER GUIDE sheet with Activity and Handout references


From this LEADER GUIDE file you may find the “Activity” name or the “Handout” and the corresponding file in Discovering Hope agenda and activites.


We believe your congregation will be enriched through the teaching that is contained in this workshop as you incorporate it into your setting.  The Holy Spirit is indeed at work!


Two final thoughts….

  • Pr Nancy Nyland has requested that if you have follow up questions please DO NOT contact her even though her name appears at the bottom of many of the sheets. Please begin by contacting me. Thanks!
  • If you would like to have further conversation about Discovering Hope please DO contact me so we can have further conversation!

Pr. Larry Strenge