Stepping Into Stewardship
Like mission, these denominations see stewardship as important common ground.
It featured keynote addresses from renowned leaders in various aspects of stewardship. The event also featured addresses by UCC General Minister and President The Rev Dr. John Dorhauer and the Disciples General Minister and President The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins. Their participation said something about how central they view good stewardship as key to our future as church.
What we heard challenged us - suggestions that local church pastors could be considered CEOs and visionaries, that pastors should consider financial development as part of their portfolio (or call), and that we need to consider the intersection between giving and technology.
Whew. Too much to impart to you in one article. It was hard to take it in over the three days. But, it was clear to me that we need to take it in and impart what was heard.
Here's one tidbit: my feelings were affirmed many times about the necessity of speaking about stewardship year round. Stewardship needs to be a regular part of our faith development and our church narrative. Doing a three-week campaign can only be about giving money and will not create the communities of faithful stewards that we need. Year round stewardship weaves stewardship into our faith and our faith into our stewardship.
As you consider what it might be like to talk about stewardship in a new way, I'd like to invite you to begin by availing yourself of the excellent resources that are already at hand. Here are a couple to get you started:
Ready to change the narrative about stewardship in your congregation? I am. Look for workshops about this topic at our next event!