What was 40acts?
Created by Stewardship, 40acts was a generosity Lent challenge that became a movement of over 100,000 people on a mission to impact their communities by creating moments of radical generosity.
We published the final set of resources five years ago when we decided to focus our energies on urgent issues that our partners were facing after the pandemic. We've had many people request access to the resources we produced and wanted to make them widely accessible.
Archived resources to use
We've curated six collections of 40acts resources for you to use. If you are new to 40acts you can start anywhere you like. If you have done it before why not relive your favourite challenges by creating a customised plan.
Select a year from the sections below
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Grow in generosity
Every generous act matters and every moment of generosity moves your community forward, whether an inch or a mile. Imagine if you took the plunge and dedicated each of the next 40 days to generosity, beginning with your closest neighbours.
2018 - 40acts
We all want to live lives of radical, community-transforming generosity. Many of us think it’ll start when we hit a life-changing event or hear a thundering voice from heaven. But the good news is that generosity is something you can choose to invest time into now.
2017 - 40acts
40 days stretch before us. 40 days full of possibilities, opportunities and choices to make about living generously. So let’s gear up and get ready to give – wholeheartedly, creatively, even surprisingly, but above all, get ready to be generous.
Monthly inspiration in your inbox
Generous is a regular email from Stewardship designed to equip you for your journey of generosity. Sign up here to receive inspiring stories, useful tools and practical guidance to help you grow in generosity and support the causes you love in more meaningful ways.
Because being generous isn't just for Easter.
2016 - 40acts
The next forty days will be fun, rewarding, challenging and profoundly counter-cultural. Are you prepared to be countercultural? Jesus was. And 2,000 years later, generosity is just as counter-cultural as it was at the time of the crucifixion. It's still free. It's still available in abundance and it's still available to everyone, everywhere.
2015 - 40acts
From the very beginning the Lord had a plan for reconciliation and redemption. It didn’t happen by chance and it didn’t alter over time. The generosity of the cross was a plan. When it comes to our own generosity, having a plan – whatever we may feel about that – can allow generosity to spread further than we can imagine.
2014 - 40acts
Whether you’re the pastor of a church, a single parent, a Twitter superstar or a self-confessed technophobe, the fact is that to someone, somewhere, YOU are an important voice and what you say and do matters. Consider your 'reach' and the spheres of influence you have. Be the bringer of a message of generosity.
40acts - brought to you by Stewardship
For over 100 years, we've helped Christians, charities and churches activate generosity, resource their calling and make a difference in Jesus' name.
Our community of generous stewards unite to use all God has given us to love Him, love one another, and love our neighbours as ourselves.
We call this Active Generosity.
A call to all year round generosity
Generous is a monthly email for people who want to be more active in their giving throughout the year. Sign up and you'll receive an email that's full of links for articles to read, tools to use and guidance to help you grow in generosity and support the things that you love.
Because being generous is a daily choice.
Thinking more deeply about being generous
The 40acts Bible Reading Plan
We created this Bible reading plan to be a generosity challenge centred around the theme of being Ready to Act. As you read along you will be taken on a journey through the wise instructions given to us in the Book of Proverbs. The plan is 47 days long as it also includes seven Sunday reflections.
Generosity is often hard to find
But wait around long enough and it'll eventually find you
The essence of 40acts and being generous in general is being open to an opportunity when it arrives. It could be something small to you, but it could mean the world to someone else. Generosity is a moment waiting to happen.