Tag Archive: Stewardship

Stewardship as a Way of Life

All that we have has come from God: time, talent, treasure, our bodies, our relationships.  God entrusts all these things to us to manage them well.  Stewardship is not the goal of the Christian life, but a method– a way of life. It is designed to break our addiction to control, greed, the demand for…

Teaching Faith to Children

While they might also learn in a Sunday School program, children and youth best learn to practice Christian faith from the adults around them in  the midst of everyday life.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and godparents can all pass on practices of faith that nurture lives marked by hospitality, forgiveness, and healing.  Susan R….

Generosity as Spiritual Discipline

It’s stewardship season again.  In lots of churches, folks are being asked to reflect on their gifts, their gratitude and God’s grace, and consider making a financial giving commitment for the coming year.  On the one hand, we do this because on a practical level, we need to plan a church budget.  But generations of…

Live Green as Spiritual Practice

  Many Christians now understand that we human beings have received the earth and all its resources as a stewardship entrusted to us by God, not to be “used up”, but to be cared for graciously.  This offers us new opportunities for spiritual practice on very practical levels.  Recycling can be prayerful.  Hanging out laundry…

Household Economics

The Well-Being of the Whole Household “To choose simplicity is to live into complicated questions without easy answers, taking on step that may make another step possible.”                         – Sharon Daloz Parks Good economic practice — positive ways of exchanging goods and services — is about the well-being, the livelihood, of the whole household.  The practice…

Spiritual Gifts

Paul says there are a variety of gifts, but one Spirit.  Scripture identifies 15-20 “spiritual gifts, like healing, teaching, administration and giving.  What are your spiritual gifts?  Learn more about spiritual gifts and even take an online gifts assessment here.

Lenten Carbon Fast

Lent is just around the corner, and many Christians “give up” or fast from something in Lent as a spiritual discipline to make themselves more aware of their discipleship in daily life.  One way to reflect on stewardship of creation as a spiritual discipline in daily life is to take up an “carbon fast” for…

Make a Money Autobiography

Money is a Spiritual Issue. Spending, debt, savings, donations, all reveal something about our life journey and spiritual well being.  John Wesley knew this in the 1700’s.  He wrote much about the suffering of the poor, the accumulation of wealth at the expense of others, and the problems of debt.  These are all issues that we…

Generosity, Joy & Faith

Especially during Lent, Christians are encouraged to practice generosity as a part of their spiritual disciplines.  Often this is focused on financial giving to help the poor and needy.  Christians who take up this practice come to understand that generosity, faith and joy are all interconnected.  Read more here about that connection.