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18 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #7: Gratitude

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Toyota_86_GT_-_Rear-view_Mirror.jpgChurch Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. The seventh and final key trait: Gratitude.

When I started this series on the seven key traits of the Stewardship System, the first trait I covered was increasing awareness that stewardship is God’s blessing flowing through us. While this awareness is looking forward to what God is about to do, gratitude is giving thanks for what God has already done.

It’s awareness in the rearview mirror.

16 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #6: Sharing Time, Talent and Treasure

By Galiaoffri (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. The sixth key trait: Encouraging your church to share time, talent, and treasure.

In the last couple of blogs (on involvement in decision-making and volunteerism), the focus was on community. The trend continues here, but the focus is more on the individual, as we want to create a church culture that openly asks members to share their time, talent and treasure to serve God and His mission.

Do you know what the hardest volunteer position to fill in the church is?

11 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #5: Volunteering

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Helping_hand_logo.pngChurch Development created The Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. The fifth key trait is involvement in volunteering.

In the last blog, I covered two of the traits of healthy and vibrant churches—sharing in decision making and promoting a sense of community—and how they continuously involve people. In venturing on with that cornerstone of stewardship, #5 is creating a church that involves all members as volunteer ministry partners.

Volunteerism comes up often because:

9 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #3 & #4: Community

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/HandsOnMiamiVolunteersZooMiami.jpgChurch Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. The third and fourth key traits are involvement in decision-making and promoting a sense of community.

Last time I covered the power of prayer. In continuing with this series on stewardship traits of healthy and vibrant churches, it’s important to touch on the value of involving your church members in everything. This should happen naturally, right? If the church is the people, then involving said people regarding decisions that affect them should be a gimme, but often when we reflect on how decisions are made, we see how little we involve the majority of the church.

Now let’s be honest: 

4 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #2: Prayer

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Duerer-Prayer.jpgChurch Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. The second of the seven key traits is prayer.

When I start implementing prayer as a part of our capital campaigns, churches are often surprised. They know they shouldn’t be, but we all know there’s a difference between saying you’ll pray versus actually doing it. It’s the difference between when, upon hearing someone going through a hard time, saying you’ll pray for them on your way out versus taking the time right then and there to come alongside and invite God to meet with them where they’re at.

28 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Seven Stewardship Traits of Healthy and Vibrant Churches #1: Awareness

By KMJ [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development created the Stewardship System: a comprehensive approach to teaching stewardship in your church so that your people grow to be generous stewards of time, talent, treasures, and relationships. One of the seven key traits is awareness.

I started the Stewardship System to facilitate revelation that stewardship is an essential element of Christian life. With monthly updates that include testimony guidelines, weekly bulletin inserts, checklists, stewardship articles and more, this valuable resource will help increase generosity in your church.

So why is stewardship so important? If we are to answer the call that Jesus issued to all His disciples—“Follow Me”—we must understand the necessity of being good stewards. With this in mind, I decided to embark on this series of seven key traits of a stewardship system that will keep your church vibrant and healthy.

#1: 

12 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Randy Alcorn on Selfishness

"Selfishness is when we pursue gain at the expense of others. But God doesn't have a limited number of treasures to distribute. When you store up treasures for yourself in heaven, it doesn't reduce the treasures available to others. In fact, it is by serving God and others that we store up heavenly treasures. Everyone gains; no one loses." -- from The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.

12 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Randy Alcorn on Heavenly Treasure

"When you leave this world, will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on earth that you couldn't keep? Or will you be recognized as one who invested treasures in heaven that you couldn't lose?" -- From The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

31 Jan. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Randy Alcorn on Stewardship

"If God was the owner, I was the manager. I needed to adopt a steward's mentality toward the assets He had entrusted -- not given -- to me. A steward manages assets for the owner's benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It's his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will." ~ from The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

22 Jan. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

What to Look For in Stewardship Team Members

Last time I noted some of the reasons why a stewardship committee is one of the hardest teams to fill in your church. This time I’ll note some of the common characteristics and problem areas you’ll have to look for and address with your stewardship team members:

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