Christian Stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing life and all of life’s resources for God’s purposes. (LCMS definition)

Bring Giving Home

“Bring Giving Home” is a stewardship and mission education emphasis unfolding in CID during 2019 and 2020. It begins with the May, 2019 District Pastors’ Conference on Stewardship.

In fall, 2019, there will be a weekday evening workshop in each of CID’s 17 circuits. Pastors and lay leaders from circuit churches will gather at a particular church in the circuit for an evening meal, followed by a couple of hours of presentation and discussion. (If you cannot make it to the workshop in your circuit, by all means attend another!) At the workshop, pastors and lay leaders will be challenged and encouraged to unfold a stewardship emphasis in their congregations during 2020.

Below is the schedule of dates and circuits for fall, 2019. Please take note of the workshop date for your circuit, and save it!

2019 Fall Workshop Schedule (Updated 5/16/19)

The timetable for each of these workshops will be: meal at 5:30pm, start at 6:15pm, end by 8:45pm.  

Date Circuit Location
Tuesday, September 3 Altamont Circuit St. Paul, Blue Point
Tuesday, September 10 Mattoon Circuit Immanuel, Tuscola
Monday, September 23 Springfield East &
Springfield West Circuits
Christian Growth Center, Camp CILCA
Monday, September 30 Rock Island Circuit Immanuel, Rock Island
Tuesday, October 1 Quincy Circuit St. John, Quincy
Monday, October 14 Iroquois Circuit Trinity, Cissna Park
Tuesday, October 15 Champaign Circuit St. John, Champaign
Monday, October 21 Shelby and Effingham Circuits Faith, Shumway
Tuesday, October 22 Decatur Circuit Trinity, Decatur
Monday, October 28 Bloomington North Circuit Our Redeemer, Eureka
Tuesday, October 29 Bloomington South Circuit Good Shepherd, Bloomington
Monday, November 4 Peoria and Tazewell Circuits Our Savior, Washington
Tuesday, November 12 Lincoln Circuit Zion, Lincoln

During 2020, President Mark Miller and Stewardship Executive Ken Schurb will place a priority on preaching, as invited, in CID churches that request sermons and Bible classes related to Stewardship. Dr. Schurb is available throughout 2019 and 2020 for church consultations. 

The Church Extension Fund has generously granted CID funding for “Bring Giving Home.” The entire District owes CEF thanks for timely and valuable assistance with this project. 

Please pray for CID’s efforts to “Bring Giving Home.” And watch for additional information as it becomes available.


New Stewardship Resources for 2019

These two new resources, “Discover the Joy in Sharing God’s Blessings” and “Life at its Best” come from Stewardship Advisors and Ron Chewning. 

Ron is a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, MI, and he serves on the Michigan District Stewardship Committee and as a trustee for the Lutheran High School Association of Detroit.  For the past 20 years, he has authored many Christian resources which have been used by thousands of churches.  

Ron has already been generous as he has priced this year’s resources for your use. To make them still more accessible, CID will also defray part of your cost to order. CID churches will end up receiving nearly a 60% discount! The discounted price for both programs is only $80.00 plus shipping.  (In order to give you this reduced price, CID will be paying $10.00 toward each purchase.)

For details, including descriptions of the resources and ordering information, click here.


Presentations from Spring 2019 CID Pastors’ Conference

Dr. Wayne Knolhoff’s Stewardship presentations from the 2019 Spring CID Pastors’ Conference are here.


LCMS National Stewardship Resources

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission offers a number of Stewardship resources at its website. You will find all manner of items, from writings for immediate use in church newsletters and bulletins to entire books for pastors and laypeople. Check these resources out:


CID Stewardship Resources

"Following God's Financial Counsel"

A Three-week Sermon and Bible Study Series on Faith and Finances. How we handle money is important to God. Use this wonderful resource to help your members Following God’s Financial Counsel.

> Download "Following God's Financial Counsel"

No password/user name needed. For free use for congregations of the CID LCMS. All others contact Stewardship Advisors, 248-644-6150, for purchase of permission.


"Disciples Living As Grace-Filled Stewards", 2017 Program for CID Churches

Making stewardship an intentional part of discipleship. A complete program for a Four-week Stewardship Emphasis.

> Download "Disciples Living As Grace-Filled Stewards"

No password/user name needed. For free use for congregations of the CID LCMS. All others contact Stewardship Advisors, 248-644-6150, for purchase of permission.


"Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love"

The three-week stewardship program, "Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love" by Ron and Phyllis Chewning, is available free to CID congregations. The program includes Bible studies, devotional material, sermons, newsletter/bulletin blurbs, articles, and more.

> Download "Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love"

No password/user name needed. For free use for congregations of the CID LCMS. All others contact Stewardship Advisors, 248-644-6150, for purchase of permission.


"With a Grateful Heart"

"With a Grateful Heart" is a video based stewardship program which was produced by synod's department of stewardship in 1997. The real life approach of the video, filled with humor and human insight, provides a winsome approach to the subject of Christian stewardship. It covers multiple aspects of whole-life stewardship as demonstrated in the drama of a family and a congregation who seek to live out their lives under God's grace with grateful hearts. Included with this program are two possible ready to use approaches that have been implemented with great success by one of our congregations. Both programs include organizational notes, sample letters, scripts, and pledge cards. Please feel free to use and adapt this material to suit your congregation's individual needs.

> Download "With A Grateful Heart"


LCMS Stewardship Resources available at:


Stewardship Commission of the Central Illinois District

Rev. Jason Braaten
Immanuel Lutheran Church
600 E. Northline Road
Tuscola, IL 61554
(O) 309/347-2136

Mr. Thomas Blessman
24204 County Road 1850 N.
Topeka, IL  61567
(H) 309/535-2455

Mr. William Denham
36 Westwood Terrace
Springfield, IL 62702
(H) 217/546-8387

Rev. David Dunlop
Christ Lutheran Church
701 S. Mulberry Street
Clinto,n IL 61727
(O) 217/935-5808

Mr. James Frazee
17 Oak Grove Lane
Beardstown, IL  62618
(H) 217/323-3550

Dr. Ken Schurb, staff
Central Illinois District – LCMS
1850 North Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL  62702-1626
(O) 217/793-1802
(Fax) 217/793-1822




Central Illinois District - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
1850 North Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL 62702-1626
Phone: (217) 793-1802 • Fax (217) 793-1822

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