“Stewardship is the way we use the abundance that God has entrusted to our care to love God and our neighbor. Stewardship is about more than money, offering plates, and pledges. It is the way that we love God and neighbor with our whole lives – not just our wallets. Understood this way, stewardship is life giving and life encompassing. Stewardship is discipleship. Living as a follower of Jesus requires not just all of my heart but also all of my assets, all of my talents, all of time – in short my whole life.”
This quote is an excerpt from Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the HEART of your congregation’s LIFE by Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. Grace goes on to say that:
Stewardship is a way of life and congregational culture
Our first and primary responsibility as a Christian is to care for the abundance that God has entrusted to our care. Stewardship is discipleship at its finest because it calls into question our use of all that God has entrusted to our care: time, talents, money, and other resources. Stewardship calls us to not only “talk the talk” but also “walk the walk” with our faith. It puts our money, talents, and resources where our mouth is, not just on Sunday mornings but every day of the week. Stewardship is a way of life.
Stewardship is about money and so much more
The church has long held the word stewardship hostage, using it solely in connection with financial giving to the church. While giving to the church financially is important, it is only one small piece of stewardship. Money is certainly a key piece of our lives as stewards; it has the power to take our hearts with it. But giving our money to the church is not the only way to imbue our money with soul. We have been blessed with an abundance of resources that we are called to use as we join God’s work in the world.
Stewardship is about love
Stewardship is really all about love. Stewardship is the way we love with all that God has entrusted to our care. It is the way we show love with our whole selves. It is the way we live out the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The human being is, as God’s steward, accountable to God and responsible for all our fellow creatures. Stewardship is the way in which we use all of the resources that God has entrusted to our care to love God and our neighbor.
Deborah Rexrode, Associate for Stewardship
Presbytery of the James