What is Christian Stewardship?
Encouraging giving in a parish can be feel daunting, but it need not be so. Some simple tasks can set the right climate for people to review their giving and levels of generosity. When these are done well, a number of important objectives are achieved.
Church members then :
- connect their giving with their faith, seeing their giving as a response to the giving of a generous God.
- understand that their giving enables mission and ministry, rather than simply paying the bills.
*feel that they, and their gifts, are valued by the church
Christians believe that everything they have comes from God. Our world with all its resources, our abilities and the money we earn are gifts God has given us. So we believe that we should try and follow God’s teaching in how we use our world and our money. To describe our response and love we use the words “Christian Stewardship”. We do so because the word “steward” is used in the Bible to denote the person in a household with responsibility for the use of material possessions and money.
Jesus taught us to love people and use things – and not the other way around, as society often seems to do.
Jesus told stories to help people understand how their attitude to money and possessions reflects what really interests them. He talked so much about money because he knew how our lives often revolve around it. Many of his sayings, including the one mentioned below, challenge people about how they use their money and possessions.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Some people say “the Church is always after your money” and that money shouldn’t be discussed in church. We believe that with over 2,350 verses in the Bible relating to money and possessions, the subject should not be ignored. We believe that the way we handle and use our money speaks volumes about our discipleship. Giving money is part of giving the whole of yourself to God.