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The Fine Art of Stewardship Education: teaching stewardship part one

Stewardship as worship

Each week around the world, millions of man hours are spent planning, practicing, and praying for worship services…and rightly so. Sunday is our weekly celebration of the power of the resurrection. Great attention is paid to creating beautiful and stunning worship of the risen Christ. It’s the fine art of worship.
But what if we also paid equal attention to the worship aspects of stewardship? Does the church put equal, no, even a modicum of attention on regularly and consistently teaching the fine art of stewardship education?
One could make the argument that stewardship is, in fact, worship. Are you teaching your people to worship the Lord through their use of time, talent, and treasure?

Teaching Stewardship

Over the course of the next three months, the Church Development newsletter, Stewardship In Action, will offer a three-part series on teaching stewardship in the church. In this first installment, we will address the core need for basic stewardship education.
In Hosea 4:6, God brings a serious charge against his people: “…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” Living in the information age, it would be a pity to be destroyed for a lack of knowledge about stewardship. What irony! We are more informed than ever, but we lack a basic understanding of stewardship.
We have every piece of data at our fingertips–instantaneously–yet the statistics show we lack knowledge of stewardship. Less than 30% of church members actively serve. The average American Christian gives only 2% of his or her income. Only 1% of churches actively teach year-round holistic stewardship.
There is an important message in Hosea 4 we must not miss. If your church leaders are frustrated that people don’t give more of their time or treasure, perhaps the problem is the lack of proper education.
The good news is this is an easy fix, and we have resources that will help you teach stewardship to your people every week of the year. Our Stewardship System program will equip your church and provide you with all the tools you need to provide a steady, consistent stream of biblical stewardship education (www.stewardshipsystem.org). We’ll help you convey the fine art of stewardship.

Next Month

In next month’s article, we’ll explore teaching stewardship where it all begins…in your wallet.

The author

matt schoenfeldtMatt Schoenfeld is the author of 17 books and curricula about personal finance and stewardship, including Abundant Living: five biblical principles for financial success and Living Debt Free. You can learn more about Matt’s books at: www.abundantlivingministry.org.