New Consecration Sunday
By The Rev. Josh Tucker
Crossroads, Indian Land saw the Holy Spirit at work this spring as we spent time in prayer and study asking ourselves, “How is God calling me to manage and share all that God has given me?” Using the step by step direction of Herb Miller’s The New Consecration Sunday, and with the help and encouragement of our guest leader, Ron Walrath, our leadership team saw a greater passion and commitment to God’s mission for us here among church membership.
This was a very successful stewardship campaign, not only because we saw increases in our overall committed financial gifts and in the number of commitments, but because we as a church family engaged in an intentional time of stewardship education and discernment that was Biblical and Spirit-focused.
Carolyn Taylor, a Consecration Sunday team leader commented on the six-week stewardship journey, “The Consecration Sunday model is very well planned out and easy to follow. I appreciate the theology of what is God calling us to give, versus the old give to the budget adage. Consecration Sunday’s low stress model created close to 100% participation within our congregation. Truly amazing.”
Crossroads was blessed to see the fruits of this campaign to the tune of a 34% increase in total giving year over year; 64% of our giving units increased their pledged amounts year over year; and, most importantly, a greater awareness and understanding of our calling as disciples of Jesus to properly manage and share what God has entrusted to our care.
Thank you, South Carolina Synod for sharing this ministry with us and leading us into a deeper, more spiritual form of stewardship.