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Stewardship for All Seasons

We work from abundance. From the opening chapters of Genesis depicting a flourishing, fruitful creation, to Jesus’ mission articulated in the Gospel of John: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” God promises an abundance of gifts for the life of the world. The Lilly Endowment National Initiative and the RMS afford 3E abundant resources to support the development of our programs.

3E Response in 2020 for Helping Congregations in the Time of the Coronavirus

3E has developed two brand new programs in 2020 to specifically assist ALL RMS congregations in these difficult and challenging times.  In recognition that Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) is not possible or available for everyone this year, but that everyone needs assistance this year in preparing for your stewardship appeals, 3E is ready to help.  We have prepared two brand new programs  that all congregations may afford, have time, volunteers and staffing to make it happen, and to proceed confidently into fall 2020 with messages of understanding and generosity.  The two new programs are:

  1. Beginning a Culture of Generosity 
    This program is designed specifically for those congregations that have not yet participated in Stewardship for All Seasons.  This program begins August 22nd.                   

    More Information 

    Download Mail-in Registration Form

    - OR -

    Register Online

  2. 3E Year 2 for Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 
    This new program is now available for all congregations that participated in SAS in any cohort in the first 3 years of 3E-sponsored SAS years.  This program begins August 15th.

    More Information   

    Online Registration Form

​​Stewardship for All Seasons

A source of financial challenge for many congregational rostered ministers is the culture of scarcity that prevails in many communities of faith. The objective of Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) is to guide rostered ministers and congregational leaders to learn tried and true principles of fundraising and effective methodologies to carry out fruitful, broad-range stewardship programs that enliven a culture of generosity.

SAS is a program written and offered by Gronlund Sayther Brunkow (Gronlund).  Gronlund hires qualified consultants to administer SAS in registered congregations through in-person and online training, and individual congregation consultations.

Expected results include participants learning how to do year-round, ongoing stewardship ministry resulting in more money for ministry; a deepened commitment to mission; more energized stewards; and a growing culture of generosity in the DNA of congregations. Additionally, the fruitfulness of SAS allows us to add the objective of increasing missional giving to extended levels in the church.

3E provides generous scholarships for congregations which are based on operating budgets and intended to include most every size congregation.  Cohorts of around 10 congregations are organized each year of the 2020-2022 grant and begin at Synod Assembly. 

Please contact Deb Elstad at, if you wish to participate in a cohort in 2021 or 2022.  



Share your thoughts/concerns about Stewardship in this challenging time. The survey submission is anonymous. 

Addressing Financial Concerns: ZOOM recording, Wednesday March 25th Webinar on Stewardship featuring SAS consultants from Gronlund Sayther Brunkow (GSB) and the 3E Leadership Team. 

An important message by Mike Ward from our SAS partners GSB fundraising consulting entitled "Moving Mission Forward During the Coronavirus"

Tips and Information from GSB  

Information about ELCA preferred vendors for online giving.

Read SAS stories

Download SAS brochure

Reported Results from Cohort 3
Reported Results and Experiences from Cohort 1

View Videos from 5 congregations that participated in for Stewardship for All Seasons

Questions? Interested in joining a Cohort?
Contact Deb Elstad at