We all have a money story,
whether we recognize it or not. These resources invite us to discover and tell our money stories in light of God’s money story of liberation and love. This series encourages us to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe.
Our Money Story is intentionally direct—it invites us to name exactly what we’re talking about and not skirt around it. Too often, we avoid talking about money with transparency and vulnerability. It’s time we reframe this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story.
The best stories captivate and transform us—they change how we live. This stewardship season, we invite you to remember, release, reimagine, and restore your money stories so that we can write the one God is begging us to live into.
The core values underlying these resources:
Art and stewardship belong together
Stewardship is an ongoing spiritual practice that helps individuals and communities become more whole
Our stories matter—they shape what we believe and how we act
Stewardship is crucial to our spiritual health—especially in times of crisis or economic recession
We worship a God of enough who calls us to work for equity and enough for all
About the bundle:
This is a bundle of 9 practical and creative resources for a 4-weeks-long stewardship series. We have selected scriptures to bring the Our Money Story theme to life each week of the series. Download our free theme infographic to learn more about the scriptures we’ve included in the stewardship series. We bundle our resources because they often overlap in use, and because we want to equip you with comprehensive materials for a whole season. Each resource is also available separately. Scroll down this page & click the “Resource Details” buttons to learn more about each individual resource.
Note: All resources are digital files.
We consider your purchase a form of patronage to support our work and ministry. To make our resources accessible to congregations of all sizes, we offer tiered pricing on our bundles. Please choose the bundle price you are able to give. Your support makes our ministry possible!
$264 TOTAL BUNDLE VALUE (59 digital files)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE BUNDLE:
(All of the following resources are included in the bundle, but each resource is also available separately for individual purchase)
(Individual Price: $30)
Whether you’re a new pastor leading your first stewardship campaign or you’re a seasoned faith leader looking for a fresh approach, this toolkit is designed to educate you and your team on best practices and invite you to dig deep into your money stories. This is a three-part resource specifically for clergy, stewardship committees, staff, and volunteers who lead the stewardship and fundraising efforts in your community. Part educational and part spiritual formation, this toolkit will help you discern and write your personal and communal money stories then take action to best live out your mission and values. This toolkit features the expertise of guest contributors, Mieke Vandersall and Erin Weber-Johnson from Vandersall Collective.
(Individual Price: $15)
This collection of liturgies provides fresh and thematically-relevant language for worship inspired by the scriptures in our stewardship series. For each week in the series, the collection includes: a call to worship, prayer of confession, prayer for illumination, affirmation of faith, and prayer of dedication for the offering. Weeks One and Four include full liturgy for celebrating Holy Communion.
We hope you will copy/paste or adapt these prayers (with credit) for your corporate worship.
(Individual Price: $18-$85)
Through art, written reflections, poetry, text study prompts, and journaling prompts, this study journal digs deep into eight scriptures to help us live more fully into God's story. You can complete the journal at the pace and order you wish—we have designed the journal to be used as a personal devotional or as the curriculum for a group study series. NOTE: If you are unable to print and distribute copies of the journal due to COVID-19, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after you place your order and we’ll send you a version for use on tablets and computers.
(Individual Price: $10)
This collection of 6 poetic prayers explores the Our Money Story weekly sub-themes: Remember, Release, Reimagine, and Restore. Honest and intimate, these poems offer money story meditations that might become prayers of your own. We hope you might adapt them for worship liturgy, use them to open and close programming events, or print them as they are for members in your community to read and return to throughout your stewardship series.
And I am just starting to see
That this life is a river, a holy stream.
And if life is a river then God is the sky,
Touching everything at once and inviting us to try
Letting go of the raft, to float on our backs,
So that we and God can be eye to eye—
A lifetime of baptism and nothing but sky.
But first, you have to release.
—Sarah Are, excerpt from, “Release | But First”
(Individual Price: $15)
This community art project is designed to help you tangibly mark your progress throughout your stewardship series. Following our mandala template and guide, progressively build your own community mosaic throughout your stewardship series. Each week of your stewardship series, you have the option to integrate tangible elements into your worship—these items can later be added to the mandala mosaic with a small group. You could easily do this with a Sunday school group, a youth group, a children’s group, or a small group of adults. The imagery within the rings of the mandala correspond to the scriptures in our series.
(Individual Price: $12)
For each of the scriptures in our stewardship series, this guide offers you biblical commentary, theme connections, and links to further reading. We encourage you to use this guide as your starting point for planning worship and preparing your sermons. We also provide a fillable Sermon Planning Grid to help you map out your ideas for your series.
We are intentional about including diverse voices, authors, speakers, and theologians in this guide to offer deeper insight into each scripture.
This guide features commentary written by guest contributors, Mieke Vandersall and Erin Weber-Johnson from Vandersall Collective.
(Individual Price: $45)
This is a collection of 8 visuals inspired by the scriptures in our stewardship series. Download includes files formatted for print and web/projection, as well as artist statements for each visual, plus a visio divina bible study guide.
Left: “Jubilee” by Lauren Wright Pittman | Right: “Re-Member Me” by Lisle Gwynn Garrity
(Individual Price: $7)
These lessons are designed for children to creatively explore and articulate their relationship with money within their identity of being loved wholly by God.
For each lesson, you’ll find a main message, songs to sing together, questions to open the session, a script for teaching the scripture, a short prayer, and an extension activity that requires little preparation and few (if any) supplies. Children do not need to be readers to engage in any part of the lessons. They can be adapted for pre-K through 5th grade.
(Individual Price: $45)
Whether you are a church with a full-time communications staff or one whose pastor handles all communications (on top of everything else), this branding bundle provides everything you need to effectively communicate with your community throughout your stewardship campaign. We provide logo files, customizable graphics for worship projection and social media, background photography images, as well as customizable fundraising progress graphics.
Rev. Mieke Vandersall (she/her) has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in the religious nonprofit arena.
Mieke's work with clients is comprised of the creation and implementation of capital campaigns, major donor programs, online crowdsourcing campaigns, grant-writing and grant-making procedures, website writing and development, communication strategies, board development, event planning, worship planning, and organizational capacity-building. In addition, Mieke encourages nonprofits, congregations, and religious leaders as they work to fund their ministries; this work comes out of a deep knowledge of the particular exhilaration and stress of working for long-term structural change and beginning and sustaining programs.
Prior to her consulting work she was the Executive Director of Parity, where she founded a program for LGBTQ Future Pastors, as well as Not So Churchy. Mieke attended Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where she was the recipient of the Hudnut Award for Excellent Preaching Preparation. vandersallcollective.com
Erin Weber-Johnson (she/her) has worked as a fundraising and strategic planning Senior consultant with Vandersall Collective since 2017. A published author, she strives to root her work in practical theology while utilizing her significant experience in the nonprofit sector.
She also currently serves as Primary Faculty of Project Resource, a national training program on stewardship for the Episcopal Church. In 2017 she co-founded the Collective Foundation, which is currently working to address the gap in giving characteristics in faith communities of color.
In addition to her consulting work, Erin facilitates national and regional workshops, preaches in congregations across denominations, provides plenaries and workshops at conferences, and leads church leadership retreats. Previously, Erin served as the Senior Program Director of Strategic Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) from 2009-2018, working with parishes on annual and planned giving and successful led capital campaigns widely ranging in size.
Erin holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. She is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Paul, MN. vandersallcollective.com