Your PCJH Stewardship Team believes that Christian Stewardship means utilizing and managing the gifts that God has given us –our Time, Talents and Treasures.
In most churches, the Stewardship Team is really the “Fund Raising Team” or the “Get People to Give More Team.” At PCJH, this team is different. Its goal is more than just raising money: it is educational, helping all of us to think about how we ought to live as stewards, managers of all God has given us. Here are some of their points:
The Time we have is a gift from God. You never know when a senseless act of a horrific accident might take it away.
Each person is given the same 24 hours to advance temporal and eternal ends.
The Talents we have are gifts from God. Each talent can be used for good or for ill, for self or for others, to better our community and/or advance God’s Kingdom. Since our talents are gifts they should always be used wisely and with a sense of gratitude to the One who gave them to us.
The Treasures we have are gifts from God. The amount we have been given varies but the attitudes with which we use them ought to be the same. Do we use them to strengthen family and faith or is it solely for self?
The Earth on which we live is a gift from God. For Christians, creation is something through which we appreciate more fully the Creator-God we worship. “This is my father’s world…” is the way hymn writers of old referred to creation. We have been placed here as managers over this resource God claims as his own.
Ask God to speak to you about what He might want to do in and through you. Don’t speak, just take notes. After you feel you have heard enough, great or small, enter a time of prayer where you talk with God about what you’ve heard. Then, in a spirit of prayer, begin to allow Him to shape a spiritual action plan for a new beginning:
Where does God want you to serve?
What gifts does God want you to share? Where and with whom?
What would God want you to learn? Where do you need to grow to be more like Jesus?
What time will you commit? With whom will you share the learning journey?
We should remember that everything we have is a gift from God: Our daily lives should be filled with gratitude for all God has given; and how we use the time we have been given, the talents we have to share, the treasures we seek to invest, and the creation within which we live should all be tolls through which we worship God the giver of every good and perfect gift.
As always, the Stewardship Team stands ready to answer any questions: Pat Wright (Chair), firstname.lastname@example.org