Some Thoughts on Stewardship
One of the curious things about Presbyterians and stewardship is that those who have the least tend to give the most. Percentage-wise more people with incomes of less than $25,000 tithe (give 10 percent) than those with a greater income. The same is true of the way they give their time and talents to the church.
A poor church is not one without money, but one without a vision. When people have a clear Biblical and theological understanding of the mission of the church, healthy stewardship practices emerge. The New Testament church leaders discovered that stewardship did not come naturally; it was a learned discipline. Paul wrote to his young colleague Timothy to teach the people in Ephesus that "there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it" (1 Timothy 6:6-7). We might say it this way: we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give away.
If we believe that the mission of the church is to "make disciples," to teach people to obey the commandments of Christ (see the article, "A Mission-Minded Church" at the link below), we have to remember that Jesus also said: "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me ... For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?" (Matthew 16:24-26). Exciting things are happening in many Presbyterian churches today as they put a new emphasis on stewardship in its fullest dimension — which includes a person's time, talent and treasures (financial resources). (From Presbyterians Today)
From the Book of Order, Directory for Worship - W-5.5004
"Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God's gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God's self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ's call to minister to and share with others in the world. Tithing is a primary expression of the Christian discipline of stewardship."
Click to HERE download a copy of the Stewardship Pledge Card, 2017.
Click here to Read "A Mission-Minded Church" (from Presbyterians Today)
Thoughts or questions on Stewardship? Contact Jay Stowe here.