Do you know about The Evergreen Project?

The Evergreen Project is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America to help pastors and congregations grow in generosity and stewardship ministry. The main work of the Evergreen Project is collecting, creating, and curating the best resources for a thriving church.

Now more than ever, every congregation needs to get generosity and stewardship right.

I have the privilege of leading the Evergreen Project and am really eager to share our work with you. For this fall, our team has created a Stewardship and Generosity Program for your church that will help your congregation understand the biblical call for faithful stewardship. Everything has been written and re-written with the pandemic in mind.

As you look back over the bulk of 2020, what words come to mind? Most of them probably start with dis- or un-, right? Distance, disruption, dispersed, disastrous, unprecedented, unusual, unique, unbelievable, unable, unrest … How does a congregation get generosity and stewardship right? How can a congregation thrive in these difficult days?

I think every congregation needs to be intentional about unity right now. Whether your church is all meeting in person (with safety protocols), completely digital, or (more likely) something in between, what can you do together?

Our 2020 program, When the Lord is Our Shepherd, is something your church can do together right now.

Think about how apart we have been this year. What have we missed that we do together? What opportunities for worship, fellowship, support, prayer, study, and praise have we missed? Did you come together during Holy Week? What about that first loud shout of “Alleluia!” together on Easter morning?

Think about the next generation … Many of our churches have Vacation Bible School or Arts Camp for kids. Many have Summer Camp or Mission Trips for teenagers. Almost all of these were canceled or drastically re-imagined.

What about the social aspects of our group life, Bible Studies, and task-centered groups? What about the coffee hour and the countless informal coffees, lunches, and conversations that lay the foundation for our life together?

We want to help you take the next step and DO SOMETHING TOGETHER.

Here’s what that will look like:

Our 2020 program has a devotional book called When the Lord is My Shepherd with 23 short readings on the 23rd Psalm. We imagine everyone in the parish getting a copy and going through it together during the week. Then, on Sundays, there is an option to preach a short sermon series on the 23rd Psalm to help us restore confidence and trust in God our Shepherd.

This focused season on Psalm 23 from the pulpit and during the week is an opportunity to get everyone on the same page – probably for the first time since Ash Wednesday! Our focus on Psalm 23 is further undergirded by letters from the Rector and prayers for everyone to be praying. This season will center around how the church can respond together to the challenges of our day in a spirit of generosity and love.

This is a chance for your congregation to do something together. Honestly, it’s also a chance for your Diocese and our Province to do something together!

Over three dozen ACNA congregations have signed on and ordered the 2020 program just in the first 2 weeks. They are making their plans right now to spend a month this fall (September, October, or November) going through this stewardship teaching and preaching program and helping their congregation get back on the same page.

For some more information, watch the following video. Then, head over to The Evergreen Project website!