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steward raising sustainability through a biblically bold approach a work in progress

Steward-Raising Sustainability through a Biblically Bold ApproachA Work in Progress!

A new paradigm

A steward-raising approach discipling

Christians to be rich toward God

why our values what our view of success how to implement this approach

Why – our valuesWhat – our view of successHow to implement this approach

A new paradigm in communication

purpose and process

slide3

God and possessions

  • God and giving
  • God and asking
presuppositions
Presuppositions
  • God owns all
  • Highest title
  • There are two Kingdoms
    • Earth
    • Heaven
  • Vital link between earthly possessions and eternal soul
  • We will be held eternally accountable
  • God cares about how we use our possessions
possessions in scripture

Love

Prayer

Possessions

Belief

Possessions in Scripture
  • 3 times more than love
  • 7 times more than prayer
  • 8 times more than belief
possessions in parables
Possessions in parables
  • In 17 of 38 parables, Christ deals with possessions

Possessions

Other topics

stuffocation
Stuffocation
  • People, however, became convinced that they owned it all.
  • They surrounded themselves with possessions and became stuffocated.
hiding
Hiding

They didn’t want to hear about it in sermons, the pastors didn’t preach it, and seminaries stopped teaching it.

slide11

The center was moved

The Self came to replace God as the center of all things

Self

God

slide12

The Church moved God from the center in favor of cultural relevance

Church

God

“In short, in society and in the Church the consumer is now in the driver’s seat.” - David Wells, Above All Earthly Pow’rs

without god the owner of all there can be no stewardship relationship
Without God (the owner) of all, there can be no stewardship relationship
  • A steward requires an owner to serve
  • Without God in the center, there is only self
  • The steward relationship disappears
per capita giving is low
Per capita giving is low
  • General population < 1 %
  • Roman Catholics 1.5 %
  • Mainline Protestants 2.8 %
  • Evangelicals 4 %
it is broken from both a secular and spiritual perspective
It is broken from both a secular and spiritual perspective
  • The system the Creator-King had established was broken.
slide16

Difference in Giving: Rich vs. Poor

Statistically, the wealthier an individual,

the less they will give in proportion to their income

  • Possible reasons:
  • The poor are closer to social problems, therefore identify with the issues personally
  • Money is part of how the rich identify themselves, therefore are less likely to part with it

Wealth

Giving as % of Income

slide17

Steward Raising as a priority

Craig Blomberg,

in Revolution in Generosity raises the core question: why is it that “Christian ministries raising money do not stress the central biblical truths that giving is a part of whole-life transformation, that stewardship and sanctification go together as signs of Christian obedience and maturity, and that God will call us to account for what we do with 100 percent of the possessions He has loaned us.” (Blomberg, 2008)

crisis in culture and church
Crisis in culture and church
  • Our culture is increasingly materialistic, and generous giving has diminished.
few americans reach maximum faith in their lifetimes
Few Americans reach “maximum faith” in their lifetimes

“Great commandment” transformational faithFaith where they become radically generous

10. Profound intimacy w God/others

9. Profound intimacy w God

8. Real surrender to His agenda,

7. See our brokenness; rid self

Church programming is NOT

Transformational

6. Struggle “doesn’t get

better than this?”

5. Born again + active

4. Born again

3. Aware of sin & concerned

2. Aware of sin

1. Born unaware of sin

new paradigm
New Paradigm
  • Developing followers of Christ
  • Aligned
what is being a good steward
What is being a good steward?

Make the budget

  • Protective, non-risky
  • Efficient + effective
  • Well-honed methods and calculations

Trust in God’s abundance

  • Open to God’s possibilities
  • Listen + step out in faith; bigger
  • Be His case example

Our control

God limited

Downward trend

His control

God unleashed

Exponential potential

slide23

Being where God wants us to be

Letting go and letting God

slide24

transformational steward journey

Lord, what do you want me to do with YOUR money?

YOUR Time

Lord, what do You want me to do with MY money?

YOUR

Talent

MY Time

MY Talent

slide25

His

6) Mature Steward

5) Generous Giver

4) Individual

3) Conformer

Mine

2) Modeler

1) Imitator

Who

Faith and Stewardship Maturity Stages:

A choice of Two Kingdoms

ABUNDANCE

Sustained

Joy

SCARCITY

Stuff +

Entitled

CLA 2013

make me rich toward god
Make me Rich toward God
  • Becoming broken
  • Understanding scripture; growing in new ways
  • Evaluating life; stepping out in new ways
      • Following His nudges; living fully in Him;
      • Being all-in; our time, talent, and treasure
  • Growing to a life of abundance in Him
      • Radically generous
      • True giving joy
      • Sustainable
what we re responsible for
What we’re responsible for?

Secular economy = we make ourselves responsible for it ALL

God’s economy =

He takes responsibility for Kingdom Impact

God’s economy =

we’re only responsible for our part

slide31

The historical resourcing-raising model

Org agenda

supports

donates

Ministry org

Person

$

The transformational steward-raising model

disciples

facilitates

partners

Time

Talent

$$$

His agenda

Ministry org

Person

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The transformational model …

  • A “community of love”
  • each on God’s agenda
  • givers and receivers
  • all-in together; collaborating
  • all peers in God’s economy
  • inviting, not asking
  • The beauty of love
  • the power of sincere relationships
  • transformation and genuine stewardship giving

God

Person

Other persons

Org

Rediscovering beauty?

Participation > Engagement > Ownership

Radical generosity – freedom from money

Multiplication- radical community loving & building

what would be our alternative business model
What would be our alternative business model?

His story

Their stories

  • Our role
    • As leader/advisorRaising up of stewards
    • As asker Facilitator of “discipleship” heart transformation
  • Our offer
    • An “abundance” spirit … let go/trust + step out + no competition
  • What gets measured
    • Our PART
      • RESOURCES Being more creative in gathering them
      • INPUTS Being more open to His spirit in using them
    • HIS PART
      • OUTPUTS
      • OUTCOMES
      • GOALS
slide34

Where should our approach map?

Christian

Nonprofits

Why not here?

Most fundraising

agencies

play

here

Steward-

raising

Approach

Resource-

raising

approach

Secular

Nonprofits

four shifts christian leaders can make to encourage grace filled spirit led generosity gary hoag

STEP 2 – Common Message

Four Shifts Christian Leaders can make to encourage grace-filled, Spirit-led generosity (Gary Hoag)

Law

  • “have to”
  • reactive / compulsion

Percentage

  • tithe
  • limited

Obligation

  • planned

Earthly

  • self
  • scarcity

Love

  • “get to”
  • proactive

Participation

  • spirit-filled generosity
  • limitless

Opportunity

  • gratitude, Christ-like care
  • step out, counter-culture

Eternal

  • God
  • abundance
  • caring at every opportunity
slide39

Step 3:

Two-WayCommunication

Org

Steward

step 4

6) Mature Steward

5) Generous Giver

4) Individual

3) Conformer

2) Modeler

1) Imitator

Step 4:

Conversations,

new actions & Stories

Steward Maturity Stages

Organization

Discipling stewards where they are

slide42

Step 5

Ministry

Steward

Steward

step 6

Stewards are able to connect and share the stories and experiences God has blessed them with through Giving.

Step 6

Stories

Experiences

Partnering

Steward

Steward

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A steward-raising approach discipling

Christians to be rich toward God

Steward Development Facilitation (SDF)

  • WHAT we are trying to accomplish by helping stewards see where they are and where they want to journey?
  • WHO is being partnered and communicated with (the stewards)?
  • HOW to converse by building a community of stewards among and within organizations, as well as individuals.