At the end of February, many church leaders from across the country gathered in Dallas, TX to share their passion for encouraging their communities to better stewardship and greater generosity. I was raised in Texas, so any excuse to return is good to me, but this was more than I expected. As I heard their vision, I felt a kindred spirit and an excitement grow in my heart. These are my people.
The vision they cast for stewardship as the new vehicle for discipleship resonated with me.
I talk to churches all the time, and I am shocked at how many only talk about stewardship once a year or less. How is that possible? To me, the management of my whole life – my time, my talent, my treasure, my testimony, my relationships – how I juggle all those balls is really about living my faith. It’s a spiritual struggle, and it’s so easy for me to live outside of the truth I know. The battle ground is within my own heart and in the culture around me, and I need accountability to be reminded that my life is not my own. All I have is God’s, and it’s easy for me to forget.
I know I am not alone. Most of the churches I regularly speak with could benefit from this view of stewardship. That’s why I want to share with you about this organization. The Christian Stewardship Network is a great place to get resources, to connect with other church leaders, and to learn about stewardship as discipleship.