a. What comes to mind when you hear the word "Stewardship?"
- Money - Pledging - Raising Funds - Funding the Budget
- Offering - Giving - Special Appeals
However, Stewardship is more than a financial matter. It is a spiritual matter. When we hear the word "Stewardship", how many of us think of:
- Faith Practices - Blessings - Generosity - Worship
- Discipleship - Gifts Received - Thanksgiving - Spiritual Growth
b. Stewardship is about discipleship - "How am I called to use God's blessings?"
Stewardship is not about membership - "How much does the church need?"
c. God is the source and owner of all we have. All we have comes from God.
d. We are stewards of God’s blessings. We have authority and responsibility to care for God’s blessings. God has entrusted us to use His blessings wisely.
e. Stewardship is one of the 7 Core Values of Ascension
f. Stewardship is one of the elements of Spiritual Growth. It is part of our Spiritual Journey.
i. Tithing and Generosity is one of 5 "avenues" down which we travel on our Spiritual Journey
ii. Stewardship is one of those opportunities for growth in discipleship - Preparing us for our earthly callings/purposes