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Stewardship Ministry
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Often thought of as involving only the raising of money, the true ministry of stewardship is helping believers become disciples of Christ in the use of all the resources God has provided. This includes the management of one’s body, material possessions, abilities and time.

Jesus spent much time discussing the material aspects of life. He knew His hearers couldn’t understand the great principles of His kingdom unless they had an understanding of their “steward” relationship with God. He told the gathering in His Sermon on the Mount that, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

The church is meant to be a learning experience for each member. The members are to “stir up one another to love and good works” and “forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, but encourage one another” in Christian growth (Hebrews 10:24-25). This is one way in which church members care for and minister to each other.

God supplies each person in the church with the resources for ministry—scripture, spiritual power, God’s character, and spiritual gifts.

The recognition of God’s ownership leads to financial faithfulness. This faithfulness is manifested in returning an honest tithe and thank offerings to God for His abundant provision and His sustaining power.
 
Duties of the Local Church Stewardship Leader

The ministry to which a person is called when he or she becomes the stewardship leader of a congregation,
can best be described in the following ways: 

Education. The systematic sharing of stewardship principles with church members is the most important phase of the stewardship leader’s responsibilities. This involves the planning and implementation of a stewardship education program, planning and/or conducting stewardship classes, tithe and offering education during worship, and teaching stewardship concepts on other occasions.

Planning and budgeting. As a member of the church board the stewardship leader should be knowledgeable concerning the overall plans of the church, and assist in helping to develop funding resources to achieve the local church growth strategy. 

Finance committee meetings. Although it is best in smaller congregations for the stewardship leader to chair this committee, it is essential that he or she be an active member.

Visitation. The stewardship leader is usually the coordinator of any visitation committees organized in conjunction with stewardship education.

Responsibilities in the Local Church, by the Church Resources Consortium, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church. Copyright © 1997, Revised 2002.