Round Stewardship Principles
We Want Everyone (adults, youth & children) to Be Able to Answer:
does it mean to be a steward?
what are we stewards?
is the role of money in my life, as a member of the body of Christ?
Key Concepts We
Want Everyone to Know
loves us and wants us to have all that we need to live a joyful
and productive life.
that we are and all that we have are gifts from God.
giving of our time, abilities, energy, and money is a spiritual
is an important spiritual practice. It helps establish a healthy
regard for money. It helps us to live the life God hopes we will
in the United States possess considerably more wealth than the
majority of the people in the world.
make decisions to use this wealth generously for good or selfishly
for our own indulgence.
has a lot to say about our use of money.
a vision statement for the stewardship committee. Then set goals
to be accomplished over a three-year period. The goals should
answer the question, "How do we plan to teach key concepts
and key truths? How do we plan to hold up the key questions?"
Less than one-third of the goals should involve the financial
commitment program. Do not keep either the vision or the goals
secret. Ask for vestry/bishop's committee approval of the goals
and plan and then let the congregation know.
your three-year plan annually. Evaluate the previous year and
revise the plan in the light of new information or circumstances.
what you have. Look for opportunities to incorporate the themes
and truths above in existing activities. Occasional adult forums
or lenten studies are only two obvious possibilities.
for real needs that are opportunities for lively stewardship discussions.
Financial planning, what makes a good will, current events, and
how to talk to children about money are just a few topics that
come to mind, along with what is the best use of our building
a discussion of stewardship into confirmation class and in preparation
Christian education volunteers in your annual stewardship program.