Stewardship

Christian Stewardship is ...  grateful and responsible use of God's gifts in the light of God's purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ.  Christian stewards, empowered by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.

Stewardship is lived out in:

  • living and telling the Good News;

  • sharing with God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe;

  • wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships;

  • sharing the material resources we hold and giving them in service, justice, and compassion;

  • providing for future generations;

  • sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission.

Both for the individual and for the community, stewardship is a joyful act for the sake of God's world.

  • Gift of Time - The Great Commission is the normative mission statement for the church. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."(Matthew 28:19-20a RSV).  It is through our Missionary giving of time that we can make the Christ known to those who know Him not.
  • Gift of Talent - Christian stewardship is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.  Discerning and carrying out God's purpose is the primary purpose of our lives.  The primary role of the church is to guide individuals in discernment of the mission for their lives and the use of their resources in accomplishing it.  Do you hear a call to be truer to your Christian beliefs?
  • Gift of Treasure - How we use money says more about our value system than anything we say or do.  Some would think that the way we handle our money is a window into our souls.  In funding ministry there are three faces of financial stewardship.
    • Annual giving (ordinary stewardship) is the regular practice of returning to God a portion of all that God has given us.
    • Capital giving (extraordinary stewardship) involves the special occasions that arise in the life of Christian communities that call us to give beyond our ordinary habit.
    • Legacy giving (legacy stewardship) is the way in which we address the matter of disposing of the accumulations of our lifetime.
From: http://www.stewardship-dwtx.org/WhatisChristianStewardship.php