First, stewardship, for some, is a bit like seeing the dentist. That is, it seems to be something we
to go through rather than something we
to go through. Second, as I have often noted in my sermons, some people believe the church shouldn't even be in the business of talking about stewardship, or as they call it "preaching about money". Third, stewardship can sometimes seem dry and boring. That is, it can be all about numbers and line items in a budget instead of changed lives and healing ministries.
But does stewardship have to be that way? Can stewardship actually be something we celebrate, look forward to, and see as both morally and spiritually connected to everything we do in the name of Jesus Christ?
If you are wondering how the answer to these questions might be a resounding "yes" then I invite you to join me in adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. beginning on March 24 as together we take a look at a book titled
Not Your Parents' Offering Plate
by J. Cliff Christopher.
As the title suggests, Christopher argues that stewardship in the 21st century American church should not simply be a repeat of what has been done in by-gone eras. Moreover, Christopher argues, given the right approach, stewardship can be something that congregations celebrate right along with everything else they do in the name of Jesus Christ. Even if you don't agree with all of Christopher's ideas, I can promise you that his book will lead to a lively discussion about the future direction of stewardship at Northminster.
I hope to see you beginning March 24.