Stewardship Communications Blog
Author: Melissa Holmes Created: 4/1/2015 12:23 PM
Articles from the Stewardship Branch at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.” - Philippians 4:4

I have heard that JOY can stand for “Jesus, Others, and You.” When you think about this, following this acronym is a great way to prioritize your living and your giving. Jesus provides us examples of this in his teachings. Jesus tell us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus states that the two greatest commandments are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, . . . and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37, 39).”

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“He did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32

The following paragraph is from an article in the Leadership Ministries series of the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries and talks about where we place our trust. Stewardship is ultimately about our trust in our relationship with God.

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Stewardship is a way of life. As noted in the last newsletter article, “stewardship is not about raising money or recruiting volunteers to fill ministry needs. It is about spiritual development. It is about responding to the call to be a disciple of Christ. Stewardship applies to every aspect of our individual lives and to the life of the church. Stewardship is best understood by living it.”

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As I was preparing to write this article, I searched the web, looking for ideas about stewardship. I found an article written over ten years ago entitled “Fostering Stewardship as a Way of Life” from a diocese in Iowa; listed below are some of the excerpts I’d like to share from the article.

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We all love January right? The hope and promise of a new year and a new you. Resolutions and “non-resolutions” (I’m not making a New Year’s resolution per se…I’m just committing to going to the gym five times a week) . 

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As a part of this year’s stewardship theme of Faith in Action, the Stewardship Branch is requesting your participation in two activities to show our faith in action. First, we will have a canned food drive during the month of September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month.  Second, the UMW is sponsoring a church-wide collection of school supplies for the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) school kits. On Sunday, October 18 immediately after the 11:00 a.m. service, we will assemble and pack these kits in the Christian Family Life Center. Please plan to join us! 

 

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 I hired the guy. After he had been working a couple weeks, we got to chatting a little about his church. I mentioned I was on the Stewardship branch at my church, and we were in the process of planning our fall pledge campaign. His response was What’s that?” I explained it was how we asked church members to commit their financial giving, and asked him how they did it. His answer: “Well, it’s simple—the Lord gives us everything, and only asks that we give 10% back. We get to keep 90% of his gifts to us. We don’t have a campaign to raise money—it just happens”.

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The Book of James talks a lot about the various facets of faith. Our faith is instrumental in overcoming the many temptations we are faced with in our day to day lives. The testing of our character is one aspect of how strong our faith really is. There are many temptations throughout life. Some examples include force, greed, ambition, selfishness and pleasure.

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At the beginning of each new year, media remind us that some parts of our lives are not yet disciplined or just lacking. We’re invited to join a health club or start a new diet-exercise plan at home. Maybe we need to look at how our desks and closets are organized or how we plan our time at school and work, how we spend our money.

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I have tried to live by the principles of Christian stewardship as I heard my father explain when I was very young:

Christian stewardship is the systematic and proportionate giving of one’s time, talents, and material resources based upon the conviction that what we have comes from God, in trust, for the benefit of all mankind.

Let’s break this down a little:

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