Stewardship – it’s one of those churchy words we don’t hear much. It simply means, at least according to the online Webster’s Dictionary1, “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” In Genesis Chapter one, God creates the earth and then establishes humankind as stewards over all the earth. Not to destroy, overwork, or take advantage of the earth; but to be stewards of it.

In the church, we often think of stewardship as a four week period, usually in the fall, when we talk about money and giving our money to the church. But really, stewardship is about asking the question, “How will I trust God in taking care of what I have and enable God to do God’s work through the church, as I prayerfully consider my support?” It’s not a one time question but one for every day, for our whole lives.

Stewardship of church isn’t only taking care of our church, taking care of our stuff, taking care of our wants and desires. Stewardship is something we do because we recognize that God has called us to mission and we need to take care of all with which we have been blessed. Stewardship is about dedicating our whole selves to the care of that with which we have been entrusted, so that we can share the Good News of God’s blessings.

Stewardship is multifaceted because it reminds us that we must be engaged in church through our: Prayers, Presence, Witness, Gifts, and Service.

Through our stewardship, we become disciples of Christ, followers and learners on the path toward a deeper relationship with God. While we’ve often reduced stewardship to being that thing we do that makes us groan and pass the plate to get it over with, we should instead think of it as an opportunity to remember what it means to live into our covenant with God. Remember it as a charge of care, with our own selves set aside and the will of God taking the primary seat.

In the next two months, we will be asked to think about what we can do to help our church fulfill its mission. We will be sharing a new strategy, focus and goals for the church. And we will help one another understand what it means that God’s love for us is relentless and we should also be relentless in our witness for Christ. I look forward to hearing from you about how this congregation can help you on your path to discipleship!

Fear Not
Pastor Dianne

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