Some stewardship committees focus most of their attention on the fall Stewardship emphasis. Frankly, that’s plenty of work. But our calling as stewardship leaders is not just to the fall “ask.” We are also called to help shape the identity of stewards among our peers and as a community. We are entrusted with many assets, some of which are physical (like buildings and money) and some of which are relational (like our congregational community or our congregational mission). All of these are inflection points where we can invite others to think and act like stewards.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Eccles.3:1)
Most churches agree that stewardship should not be limited to the fall’s annual stewardship campaign but rather warrants a year-round emphasis. However, most churches fail to make stewardship a priority any time other than during their fall appeal.
dgenerosityThese hot and hazy days of summer will soon be gone, and one of the busiest times of the church year is just around the corner. All of the fall programming returns, new Ruling Elders are trained and ordained, and preparing the budget for the coming year looms in front of us.
Summer is just around the corner. We look forward to warmer weather, being outdoors, and taking time away from our routine work schedule. Busy people and busy families add another layer of activities to an already busy schedule. Children are home from school, and parents spend lots of time taking them to camps, sports, and other summer activities. We are good stewards of our time with friends and family. We are good stewards of exercise and relaxation.