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STEWARDSHIP AND CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

STEWARDSHIP is about formation, about our identity as followers of Jesus. To be a follower of Jesus is to live in the power of the Spirit, to nurture the spiritual gift of generosity. 

At the core of stewardship ministry and formation is identifying those cultural norms, practices, and values that keep us separated from God.  Jesus identified money and material possessions as one of the most power.  So during stewardship “season” the task becomes opening the conversation about money as a source of anxiety, as a source of security that trumps our trust in God, the injustices that occur in our society because of our relationship to money.

A more practical aspect of stewardship is offering people opportunities to practice generosity.  Not every appeal for time or money will be met with a “yes”.  Part of the stewardship journey is learning how and when to say “yes” and when it is ok to say “no”.  God calls everyone to be in the world in a special way using to the fullest the special gifts and skills entrusted to each individual.

The information found here is calculated to deepening thinking about all these issues.  As always, questions and comments are appreciated.

STEWARDSHIP is about formation, about our identity as followers of Jesus. To be a follower of Jesus is to live in the power of the Spirit, to nurture the spiritual gift of generosity. 

At the core of stewardship ministry and formation is identifying those cultural norms, practices, and values that keep us separated from God.  Jesus identified money and material possessions as one of the most power.  So during stewardship “season” the task becomes opening the conversation about money as a source of anxiety, as a source of security that trumps our trust in God, the injustices that occur in our society because of our relationship to money.

A more practical aspect of stewardship is offering people opportunities to practice generosity.  Not every appeal for time or money will be met with a “yes”.  Part of the stewardship journey is learning how and when to say “yes” and when it is ok to say “no”.  God calls everyone to be in the world in a special way using to the fullest the special gifts and skills entrusted to each individual.

The information found here is calculated to deepening thinking about all these issues.  As always, questions and comments are appreciated.

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