In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, the concern that stewardship and the words associated with it have been weighed down and hindered over the years due to fundraising gimmicks is discussed. Because of the confusion that has and continues to encircle this Biblical concept, the teaching of it has become less than precise. Making sure this concept is used under its proper context will ensure that it does not become functionally meaningless in congregations.
Stewardship is not merely a money problem. LCMS Stewardship Ministry helps pastors and congregations teach the Word of God, so that Christians can become joyful, Gospel-motived givers in all aspects of their lives.
Two years ago, giving to the Global Mission Fund was promoted as a new, efficient way to support our Synod’s national and international Witness, Mercy, Life Together work. We made a commitment to steward your gifts wisely, and we strive to maximize the “deployable” portion of every gift.
Each month Stewardship Ministry produces a newsletter article suitable for congregational use. Here is an excerpt from this month’s article on imitating the generosity of our Heavenly Father.
This month we focus on stewardship — using the gifts that God has given us for His purposes according to the various vocations He has assigned us in Home, Church, and Society.
Each of these gifts – whether in material wealth, or intelligence, or beauty, or family, etc. – is not only a gift but a duty.