Open Hands Open Hearts - Stewardship Initiative


 What is Open Hands Open Hearts?

The Open Hands Open Hearts stewardship initiative grows from the belief that a vital and
growing set of congregations requires fiscal strength and freedom driven by a generosity
overflowing from vital faith and spirituality. How else can we continue in the spirit of
Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; or Acts 16:9,10?

To help congregations create cultures of generosity we created an Open Hands Open
website built around the six different settings where a congregation teaches
Generosity – Worship, Formation, Caregiving, Outreach, Leadership, and Operations.

The first step in participating is for a congregation to complete a Congregational Assessment. Once completed, the results of the assessment and a password are sent to the congregation. The password provides congregational leaders website access to an extensive menu of resources. This enables the congregation to develop a self-directed – yet strategic – systematic plan of action, including participation in a congregational peer cluster.


2016 Leading with Open Hands and Hearts
Worship and Lay Leadership Gatherings

Register (closed) - October 16, 2016Northwest Conference, 10:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (Download event flier with agenda.)

Register (closed) - October 23, 2016, Near West Conference, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Redeemer, 131 E First St., Hinsdale, IL 60521

Register - (Cancelled - All are still welcome to attend the 10:30 a.m. worship service at which the bishop will be preaching but the remainder of the schedule is cancelled.) October 30, 2016, Northeast Conference, 10:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., St. Timothy, 9000 Kildare Ave., Skokie, IL 60076

Register (cancelled) - November 6, 2016, Central Conference, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Martin Luther, 6850 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60634

Register (cancelled) - November 13, 2016, South Conference, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., St. Mark, 655 E 88th St., Chicago IL 60619

Register (cancelled due to Bishop Miller's trip to Rome for the elevation of Archbishop Cupich to Cardinal) - November 20, 2016, West Conference, 10:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Geneva, 301 S. Third St., Geneva, IL 60134

Register (cancelled) - December 4, 2016, Southwest Conference, 1:30 p.m.  4:00 p.m., United By Faith, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Register (cancelled) - December 11, 2016, North, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Lakes, 285 Washington St., Grayslake , IL 60030


 If you have any questions, contact Steve Homberg at or 773-248-0021.

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