Stewardship Communications Blog
Sep 7

Written by: Melissa Holmes
9/7/2016 2:29 PM 

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.

· “All that we have and all that we are is a gift from a loving and generous God. This includes our time, our talent, and our treasure; plus, the gifts of the earth and all it holds, our faith, our personal vocation, and our very lives. Stewardship is a way of life based upon gratitude for these gifts.

· Stewardship relates to developing ourselves (spiritual formation/prayer), using our time and unique talents to do God’s will and in service to others; sharing our financial resources to address the needs and concerns of the people of God throughout the world (giving); and sharing the gift of faith (witness/evangelism).

· 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.

As stated in a second article from another diocese: “Stewards nurture their relationship with God by having a prayer life. Prayer is about building a relationship with God and, in turn, with God’s people. We can’t hope for our relationships with our family and friends to survive and continue to grow and deepen without time, presence, nurturing, and commitment. The same holds true for our relationship with God. We need to take time to get to know God, to find God in the people and places of our lives. Prayer is the vehicle to building that relationship.” 

Before we undertake any endeavor or make any decision, we first need to pray. We know this, but do we always do this? Mt. Pisgah is a prayer covenant congregation. At the recent prayer covenant meeting at Mt. Pisgah, Bishop Cho said that a professor he had challenged him to read the Bible and pray for 30 minutes a day for six months and see how his life would change. He stated this discipline significantly impacted his life. Bishop Cho has challenged both the clergy and laity to spend one hour daily in the practice of spiritual disciplines. The hour can be broken up during the day and you can practice any spiritual discipline. The goal is to take time to be holy, to give our full attention to the presence of the risen Christ, and to allow the Holy Spirit to connect our hearts with the heart of God. On the next page is a covenant for spiritual renewal form. Please pray about your participation in this covenant. If you feel lead to participate, please sign the form and return to Pastor Bob’s mailbox in the Gathering Room. 

As noted earlier in this article, stewardship is about spiritual development and stewards nurture their relationship with God by having a prayer life. I encourage and challenge you to participate in this covenant as a way to make stewardship through prayer a part of your life. May God richly bless your time with him.