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Stewardship Education SPD Lay Consultation Erika F Puni South Pacific Division Stewardship Today Biblical stewardship is misunderstood by many of our church members to mean “tithe and offerings.” This misconception, and our focus on “giving” has created the following problems:

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stewardship education spd lay consultation

Stewardship EducationSPD Lay Consultation

Erika F Puni

South Pacific Division

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Stewardship Today

Biblical stewardship is misunderstood by

many of our church members to mean “tithe

and offerings.” This misconception, and our

focus on “giving” has created the following

problems:

  • Mistrust of church leaders and systems
  • Diversion of tithe and offerings by members to other persons & groups
  • Project giving replacing systematic giving
  • Resistance to stewardship by pastors and church members
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Stewardship Definition

Stewardship is the lifestyle of one who accepts Christ’s lordship, walking in partnership with God and acting as His agent to manage His affairs on earth.

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Redefining Stewardship

  • Stewardship starts with God as Creator
  • It recognises Him as owner of all things (life, time, resources etc)
  • Acknowledge Him as the sustainer of life, and is in control of His creation
  • Accepts Him as the provider of every good gift and blessing
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Redefining Stewardship

  • Stewardship understands God as the initiator of relationships with people
  • Teaches that Jesus is Saviour and Lord
  • Recognizes the Church, the body, as an extension of Christ Himself
  • The believer is a steward, and is in partnership with God
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“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

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What are your values?

SECULAR

SPIRITUAL

Temporal

Eternal

Self-centered

Christ-centered

Body

Spirit

Short-term

Long-term

Self-control

Spirit-controlled

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Stewardship Issues

  • Importance and Priorities
  • Control and Lordship
  • Faith and Trust
  • Commitment and Loyalty
  • Allegiance and Worship
  • Mission and Discipleship
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It’s a matter of the Heart!

  • Kingdom means the rulership and lordship of Jesus Christ in our hearts
  • Righteousness means a right relationship with God
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Financial Stewardship

  • Commitment to Lordship of Christ
  • Expression of partnership with God
  • Believers response of love
  • Recognition of God’s blessings of grace

“Stewardship is the human side of lordship.”

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Expressions of Financial Stewardship

TITHE

OFFERINGS

Belongs to God

Belongs to God

It is holy

It is holy

God specifies it

Believer sets it

Act of worship

Act of worship

Spiritual response

Spiritual response

Express loyalty

Express gratitude

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Giving Paradigm

OLD

NEW

Financial Matter

Spiritual Act

Focus on Self

Focus on God

Work oriented

Grace oriented

Emphasize obligation

Emphasize lordship

Maintenance driven

Mission driven

Members are Donors

Members are Stewards

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Stewardship Strategy

Stewardship

Education

Simplified

Offering system

Information and

Communication

Strategy

Local Church

Pastor

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Being

Doing

Knowing

Stewardship Education Objectives

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Denominational Culture

Surface levelExpressive behavior

Temporary views Programs & Products

Deep level Peoples Worldview

Core Beliefs Values and Principles

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Mind

Emotions

Values

Stewardship is Multi-dimensional

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Stewardship Values

  • Sovereignty
  • Spirituality
  • Relationship
  • Worship
  • Transparency
  • Unity
  • Lordship
  • Integrity
  • Partnership
  • Discipleship
  • Accountability
  • Mission
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Stewardship Education

  • Modelling – leadership
  • Preaching – local churches
  • Training – conference/unions
  • Reporting – formal and informal
  • Writing – church publications
  • Testifying – sharing of personal stories
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Stewardship - the Future

  • Stewardship education
  • Communication strategy
  • Simplified offering system
  • Distribution of resources
  • Review of church policies
  • Leadership ethics
  • Discipleship initiatives
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Questions for Discussion

  • What does the “lordship of Christ” means for you as an Adventist Christian in Australia and NZ?
  • How can we, as members of the body of Christ, help the corporate church in the promotion of biblical stewardship?
  • Why is spirituality an important issue in the life of the church today?