A 13 question survey allows the participant to write their own personal money autobiography expressing how their relationship to money has changed over the years, how their faith guides their use of money and more.
This is a very helpful tool to allow people to privately explore their
attitude about financial resources and how those attitudes were created. You
can download the questions here at Writing a Personal Money Autobiography
Once the participants have completed their own personal money autobiography they can individually or as a group complete the 10 question survey about their congregation’s attitude about financial resources and how those attitudes were created and how they are lived out.  This very helpful tool would be ideal for a church council, finance committee, WELCA
or other small groups of adults. You can download the congregational questions at Writing a Congregational Money Autobiography
Now for a joke…
Things you’ll never hear in church:
– Hey! It’s MY turn to sit on the front pew!
– I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes.
– Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
– I’ve decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
– I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
– Forget the denominational minimum salary: let’s pay our pastor so she/he can live like we do.
-I love it when we sing hymns I’ve never heard before!
-Since we’re all here, let’s start the worship service early!
-Pastor, this winter we’d like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.

– Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!

By Pastor Mark Anderson
Assistant to the Bishop

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.