Biblical Stewardship & Finances
Stewardship is committed to helping you develop solid money management skills and we desire to equip, inspire and challenge you to live with an eternal mind set by embracing a life of stewardship and generosity.
A steward is a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs, and who seeks to manage those resources according to the owner's vision and values. Regarding your spiritual growth, money and possessions can either be a great catalyst or a stumbling block. The Bible is clear that there is a direct correlation between your relationship to material things and your relationship to God. In fact, money and possessions are the chief rival god in most people's lives, as it can steal your heart from God. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."(Matthew 6:21 NIV).
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2Corinthians 9:7).
We believe the giving of our firstfruits is an act of worship, a way that honors God (Proverbs 3:9) while also living mindfully that ALL we own, not just what we give is the Lord's (Psalm 24:1). God is a giver of eternal gifts (John 3:16, 1 Cor 2:12) and temporal (Dt 8:17-18, James 1:17) and when a follower of Christ freely and joyfully gives away their increase, whether it be money, possessions, time, or talents, they are imitating God.
We are excited about your desire to give, not only because of how your gift to your local Church will allow your Church and community to continue to be about our mission of being and making disciples, but also because of what your gift prayerfully communicates to the world about your heart and relationship with God (2 Cor 9:12-15) and how investing wisely benefits you. (Acts 20:35, Luke 12:33).
Scripture exhorts us to give generously out of love for Christ and His people (Acts 4:32-35). As we seek to honor Christ in all things, it is wise to ask here...
When financial hardship hits, it can be a difficult conversation for folks to have. However, the most loving thing to do is to talk about it! Some scholars would observe that money is the most frequently referenced topic in the entire Bible. Here are three steps to consider if financial hardship hits you, your group or church benevolence ministry here.READ ONLINE HERE DOWNLOAD PDF DOWNLOAD WORD
Recommend Printing the PDF.
Plan Your Money Budget Categories and Amounts Spreadsheet Map here.
What I spend money on a Monthly spreadsheet here.
Sample Monthly spreadsheet What I spend Monthly here.
Budget Debt Reduction Calculator Spreadsheet here.
Budget Statement Worksheet here.
We seem to be finally entering Spring as I write this! The clouds are rolling away, the sun is shining and the people are finally remembering why they love living here.
Churches, too, go through seasons. Sometimes a church can be experiencing what feels like a winter. Everything is cold and dry and dead. Sometimes there is no explanation for it. You can be doing all the right things, and still experience winter. That's because one season isn't worse than another; they just have different purposes. They are all necessary.
At some Churches, we seem to be heading into a Spring season. It's a season of new birth and growth and life. The church is growing and beginning to flourish.
Spring, however, also brings yard work! Pruning, trimming, raking, mowing, weeding. We can't just sit and watch the growth occur or it will overwhelm and even turn destructive. We have to remember our responsibility to help people get into healthy, life-giving, Jesus centered community in which they can grow in maturity.
Jesus warned us in the parable of the sower that sometimes growth can pop up fast, but it can be choked out by weeds or scorched by the sun. This means that healthy growth is all about the environment. We can serve one another and serve our church together by doing our part in making a healthy environment for growth. By practicing hospitality. By praying for and with one another. By encouraging each other and spurring each other on. By using our gifts and abilities to fill needed volunteer and leadership positions. By taking young or immature Christians under our wings, and walking them toward maturity.
It's an exciting season to be a part of! Let's continue giving, prayerfully listening to Jesus, and being thankful for every moment.
See you Sunday!
Just a Note:
We do not feel comfortable with asking and receiving donations. It would distract from the true purpose of all our Christian website's, which is to give Glory to God. The main thrust of this site is to render Glory to God and to help those who visit here see just a bit more clearly His magnificent Love for them. He is a great God and no one should remain estranged from Him. As you read the materials that have been presented here I hope that you will come to realize that they are written by a man who knows that without God he is nothing. I have an eternal debt of gratitude to my God for all that He has done for me, both in this life and in the life to come. There is an exquisite joy in living this life as a relationship with the One who has put me here. My sincere desire that this joy has been expressed in what you experience on this site and in your daily walk with our Savior.
God differentiates between our needs and our wants because He knows that where our treasure is, our heart is also. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21). He wants us to know that this world is not our home and that part of what we need is shift our focus to the eternal life while still living this one.