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“The Church needs to be challenged in heroic giving. No timidity is allowed in proclaiming the Good News and healing of the Gospel. The world’s needs are so great, and the Church’s role in the transformation of the person and of the world so pivotal and essential, that any timidity on the subject is an insult to God.”George Regas


Toward creating a theology of christian stewardship
Toward timidity is allowed in proclaiming the Good News and healing of the Gospel. The world’s needs are so great, and the Church’s role in the transformation of the person and of the world so pivotal and essential, that any timidity on the subject is an insult to God.” Creating a Theology of Christian Stewardship


A priest’s responsibility to her or his people center’s very much on enabling them to form their own theologies.


Now mark take all of this to your secret place and weigh it carefully
very much on enabling them to form their own theologies.Now Mark, take all of this to your secret place and weigh it carefully.”


Five pounds of peanuts in a three pound bag our agenda
very much on enabling them to form their own theologies.Five Pounds of Peanuts in a Three Pound Bag:” Our Agenda!

  • Pray

  • Review our direction this morning.

  • The History of Giving in the Episcopal Church.

  • Theology: What is it? How do we do it? Why is it important?

  • What has the entire Old Testament say about Stewardship?

  • What has the entire New Testament have to say about Stewardship?

  • Toward creating a theology of stewardship.


The history of giving the primary ways in which the episcopal church has been financially supported
The History of Giving: The primary ways in which the Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • Colonial Period

  • Revolutionary War to the early 19th Century

  • The 19th and early 20th Century

  • The Post 1920 Period

  • The Period after 1968 to the present


The alabama plan works because

The Alabama Plan works because: Episcopal Church has been financially supported

It asks for and receives leadership from the top.

It requires hard work on the part of all those involved.

It rests upon strong reflection on the Old and New Testaments, with particular focus on the mind of Jesus Christ.


How anglicans theologize
How Anglicans Theologize Episcopal Church has been financially supported


What is theology
What is Theology? Episcopal Church has been financially supported


SCRIPTURE Episcopal Church has been financially supported

Issue

Tradition

Reason


What does the old testament say about stewardship

What does the Old Testament say about Stewardship? Episcopal Church has been financially supported


Primarily
Primarily: Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • Nothing belongs to us. It all belongs to God and we are God’s stewards in the course of our earthly life.

  • We are called to be a grateful people for all that God has entrusted to us.

  • We are to live under the law and give accordingly.


What does the new testament say about stewardship
What does the New Testament say about Stewardship? Episcopal Church has been financially supported


What it doesn t say
What it doesn’t say… Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • Money is important!

  • That we are to live strictly under the law. (see St. Paul!)

  • Much about the tithe. (see Jesus!)


What our lord says is this god must be central not
What Episcopal Church has been financially supportedOur Lord says is this:God must be central! NOT:

  • Job

  • Money

  • Power

  • Place

  • Sex

  • Booze/drugs

  • The state

  • The religious law

  • “Old Number One!”


Look at the story
Look at the Story: Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • The Widow

  • The Samaritan

  • The Prodigal (or the Parable of the Loving Father!)

  • The Talents

  • Zacheus

  • Judas

  • The saddest of all!!!


The widow and her mite
The Widow and Her Mite Episcopal Church has been financially supported


The good samaritan
The Good Samaritan Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • “No one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if all he had were good intentions. He had money as well.” Margaret Thatcher


The prodigal
The Prodigal Episcopal Church has been financially supported


And he came to his senses
“And he came to his senses.” Episcopal Church has been financially supported


The parable of the talents
The Parable of the Talents Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • Chremodephobia! The fear of money.


Chremodephobia the fear of money
Chremodephobia: Episcopal Church has been financially supportedThe fear of money!


Zacheus
Zacheus Episcopal Church has been financially supported


Come down from that tree
Episcopal Church has been financially supportedCome Down from that tree ….

  • What went on at dinner? One way or another, Our Lord healed Zack of “Mammon Illness.”

    (That which makes money central, disfigures relationships, dulls self and makes God secondary.)


Judas and his silver
Judas and his silver Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • Mixed motives, like us!


The rich young man
The Rich Young Man Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • He defines tragedy.


Cultivating a theology of stewardship why is it important
Cultivating a Theology of Stewardship: Episcopal Church has been financially supportedWhy is it important?


Many good reasons
Many Good Reasons: Episcopal Church has been financially supported

  • It quiets us, freeing and liberating something deep within us.

  • It helps control some of our fears.

  • It inspires us to do more for others.

  • It allows us to concentrate on other aspects of the Christian faith: worship, study, pastoral care, missions, etc.

  • It aids aids us in putting Christ in the center of our lives.


Cultivating a deeper theology of stewardship why do you give
Cultivating A Deeper Theology of Stewardship: Why do you give?

  • It is the law!

  • To maintain order in the greater society (“My taxes pay for an orderly society.” Oliver Wendell Holmes)

  • ……… CONVERSION ZONE …………

  • Being a part of the love story which is Jesus Christ.

  • Choosing to live a Grace-filled life.



What kind of giver will you be
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger


What kind of giver will you be1
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper


What kind of giver will you be2
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper

  • Warren: the control giver


What kind of giver will you be3
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper

  • Warren: the control giver

  • Sky: the casual giver


Wesley k wilmer s research on giving in the united states
Wesley K. Wilmer’s Research on Giving in the United States give?

  • 70% is impulsive

  • 20% is out of habit

  • 7% is somewhat thoughtful

  • 3% is very careful and intentional


What kind of giver will you be4
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper

  • Warren: the control giver

  • Sky: the casual giver

  • James: the angry giver


What kind of giver will you be5
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper

  • Warren: the control giver

  • Sky: the careless giver

  • James: the angry giver

  • Herb: the M.I.T. giver


What kind of giver will you be6
What kind of giver will you be? give?

  • George: the non-pledger

  • Pendleton: the tipper

  • Warren: the control giver

  • Sky: the careless giver

  • Herb: the M.I.T. giver

  • Sally: the grace-filled giver





  • Grace is the courage to say I am sorry. sense of gratitude.

  • Grace is loving and caring for someone half way around the world who we will never see or know, save to know they are starving or ill.

  • Grace is to love another shamelessly, vigorously, despite their evident flaws.

  • Grace is knowing that God always loves and accepts us.


God has bestowed upon us all that we have and all that we are, freely, with no “small print.” In turn, we consciously seek to live life in the same way, …. living an ever more loving, dignified, sacrificial, compassionate, and forgiving life that models that models Jesus Christ who gave himself freely for us.


My story a final thought on grace and joy not happiness
My Story: A Final Thought on GRACE and JOY ( are, freely, with no “Not “Happiness”)!


Go to your secret place and weigh your theology of stewardship
Go to your “ are, freely, with no “secret place” and weigh your theology of stewardship.


Grace is
Grace is ….. are, freely, with no “

  • Ann German and her boys preparing the Easter flowers for everyone’s enjoyment.

  • Hillary Greene bringing her lovely ladies to church each Sunday.

  • The way Connie Sullivan answers the phone at St. Mary’s.

  • John, Tom and Isabelle freely giving coins from their Easter flower sale for Haitian relief.


For your consideration
For your consideration: are, freely, with no “

  • I. What stands out in your own life journey as the most important relationship or teaching or event that helped shape your understanding of Christian Stewardship?

  • II. What does your parish as a community need to gain a deeper level of understanding and practice?


Questions for those responsible for parish stewardship
Questions for those responsible for parish stewardship are, freely, with no “

  • Is there a class on stewardship?

  • Are persons clear about what the word “tithe” means?

  • Does the Rector tithe?

  • Is there a commitment on the part of leadership to tithe?

  • Is there a children’s program on stewardship?


  • How is the follow-up handled? are, freely, with no “

  • Is there confidentiality around pledges?

  • Is there good bookkeeping of pledges received?

  • Is provision made for credit cards, stock transfers, direct deposits?

  • What liturgical customs surround stewardship?

  • Is there a “step-up” scale made available?

  • Has next year’s stewardship chair been chosen?


  • Every member canvas? are, freely, with no “

  • Why do people come to Church?

  • Are pledge cards and materials available throughout the year?

  • Who prays for the stewardship ministry?

  • Are stewardship materials personalized?

  • Are thank you letters immediate?

  • What precedes Stewardship Sunday?

  • Do lay persons preach on stewardship?


  • What is the size of the stewardship committee? are, freely, with no “

  • Does the parish tithe received income?

  • Is there a stewardship prayer for the parish?

  • Are there pledge cards and envelopes? Are they available in the pews year-round?


Grace takes many forms
Grace takes many forms are, freely, with no “

  • The athlete

  • The seemingly sophisticated - elegance, class, appearance, certain kinds of possession ….


Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved; How gracious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, tis Grace hath brought me safe thus far and Grace will bring me home. The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures. Yea when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.John Newton


Questions
Questions: me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved; How gracious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, tis Grace hath brought me safe thus far and Grace will bring me home. The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures. Yea when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace

  • Positively and or negatively, how was stewardship, giving approached in your family of origin?

  • What single person most inspired you to give generously to the church?

  • What Biblical story most strongly informs your giving? Why?

  • What few truths would you like to impart to your children, grandchildren or Godchildren about stewardship?


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