Institutionalizing a Ministry of Generosity - Homework
Note: This homework was created for participants in Institutionalizing a Ministry of Generosity, a project of the Pacific Western Region, but it can also be used by individuals/teams in a congregation wishing to become more intentional about nurturing generosity. It could be used as an outline for a faith formation class or pieces could be used for group reflections.
It makes sense to work through the homework in the order it is listed. Many of these pieces are quite short.
Please keep a journal with five sections and jot notes as you work through the homework or just as you go about your daily life.
- Section One: Examples/Insights Related to Generosity
- Section Two: Insights That Relate to Money (including raising it and spending it in our congregations)
- Section Three: Ideas/Concepts for Congregational Exploration (and Possible Strategies)
- Section Four: Implications for Me as an Individual/Leader
- Section Five: Open Questions/Musings
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
- Technical vs. Adaptive Challenges (PDF)
- Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
- Can Money Be Medicine?
- Congregational Change
- Gifts are Meant to Keep Moving - Some Food We Could Not Eat: Gift Exchange and the Imagination (PDF)
- Optional assignment: Identify an object that means something to you that you want to give away with no expectation that the recipient will keep it.
- Talking About Money as Pastoral Care
- Fill out your own “Personal Reflections on Generosity” form (found at the bottom of this page)
- Invite three others in the congregation to do so. Let them know that they will get to decide what to share or not share.
- Meet with them individually to discuss the areas they are willing to share. You are free to share some of yours as well but it is more about your listening to them.
- Write a few notes about what the experience was like.
- Prepare an introduction of yourself including a personal story about generosity—it could be your own generosity (or an insight about it) or how you have been touched by generosity. No more than two minutes.