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Should every Church have a stewardship committee

  It is recommended that very church should have a stewardship committee that can encourage every member to learn and practice biblical stewardship in personal, family, work, and community life. Here are seven good reasons why a church should have a stewardship committee: Stewardship encompasses all of life but not much attention is given to its teaching and practice. Every believer needs help in their stewardship journey. The stewardship committee can plan an integrated teaching on stewardship for the church.…

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Help Your Congregation Win Financially

Do a survey in your congregation. Ask them to name five things that they currently struggle with and I am sure that one of them is financial strife. Credit card debt. Student loans. Mortgages. Utility bills. Different names—the same problem. Lack of money. As a pastor, you have a fantastic opportunity to help your congregation win financially and overcome lack through Biblical and practical teaching. Here are some ways: 1. Preach on Biblical Finances You have a captured audience that…

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  Douglas John Hall, a theologian and author, says that stewardship is a biblical metaphor that has come of age. In the past two centuries, this idea has become largely jaded because of its abuse and misuse. The era of Protestant missions in the 19th century utilized stewardship to raise money for mission work. If you review literatures about stewardship in the past century, you will find that it talks about finances, church budgets and related money matters. But according to…

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What does the Bible Teach about Stewardship?

  Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions. If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God,…

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Money Lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

This story has been retold in different ways and has been used to spread the “Gospel of Love” everywhere. In Luke 15:11-31, a rebellious son decides to leave his family and waste all his inheritance on worthless things. When he didn’t have anything to eat anymore, he realizes his wrongdoing and comes back to his father who welcomes him with open arms. He says in Luke 15:21 (NIV), “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no…

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The Poor Give More

  (an upside-down world!) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. (2 Cor. 8:2-4) The Macedonian church were the first to respond with their gifts to the troubled church in Jerusalem. They were not…

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The Link to Identity and Money

Many people do not realize that their identity—or in some sense, their personality—is more powerful than they think. In fact, Rock Thomas in his book, “The Power of Your Identity” says that “these beliefs form part of your self-image (identity) and ultimately affect how you behave and the decisions you make. Can you start to see that your identity is the nerve center or control tower of your actions?” Your identity or personality, of course, includes the way you deal…

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Growing a heart that gives

As was mentioned in a previous article (put link of article here) biblical fundraising is transformational. It converts both the fundraiser and the donor. It blesses the one asking for the money and the one giving the money as they experience God’s provision and the joy of giving. In traditional fundraising, building donor relations is developed in order to keep the money flowing and to meet goals and targets for the ministry. In contrast, biblical fundraising aims to grow the…

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Where is Stewardship in the Bible?

Make a quick Google search of the word stewardship and several similar meanings may come up: Stewardship means the management or care of something, particularly the kind that works. If your company is making money, there's probably been careful stewardship. The conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. Definitions of the word stewardship are all over the internet as much as it can be found across several books in the Bible.…

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Approved Steward

Stewardship is more than just making wise use of your money or giving to the poor. To capture it in a nutshell, it’s acknowledging that everything you have belongs to God and you have been entrusted with your entire life to live it according to God’s will and to glorify Him. Once you fully understand this then you will be in a better position to accomplish your role and calling on this earth. The previous stewardship articles have covered a…

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