An excerpt from the United Methodist Guidelines on Stewardship: Steward referred to the servant responsible for purchasing supplies, overseeing the other hired hands, keeping the books and administering the operation of the household. Literally, steward means manager of the household. More than once, Jesus told a story that began, There was a steward who... We are all stewards of God’s household, which first is the whole of creation, not just money. Humankind were placed in the midst of God’s good creation and given the role to represent God as the true owner of the whole of creation. This is the background and foundation for all stewardship action, whether we administer our own household, the church, the community, the nation or the world. There are ecological, economic, and geopolitical implications to God’s call to be stewards of all that God has created. Stewardship starts with one’s relationship to God. The good steward is one whose actions are in alignment with God (the Creator and owner of all that the steward manages).
Individuals as stewards:
We are called to be stewards within our families.
We are stewards of the gifts, talents and abilities that God has given us within the church and the community.
We are stewards of time.
None of us can escape being a steward of God’s possessions.
We model stewardship through our actions and attitudes, by serving and giving.
Church as Steward:
The congregation is a steward in the way it celebrates joy and weeps with those who go through times of sorrow.
A congregation is a steward when it organizes a neighborhood cleanup campaign.
The church is a steward when it unlocks its doors during the week and invites the entire community to come in for prayer and meditation.
A congregation is a steward when it faithfully and effectively gives witness to the Gospel.
A congregation is a faithful steward when its business meetings support healthy organizational life.
The congregation is a steward in the ways it makes use of its properties.