Stewardship is the way that we look at the world when we become a disciple of Jesus Christ. At its heart is the recognition that all we have and all that we are is a gift from God.
We are on a journey and, as we come closer to God, we respond by living our discipleship in response to all that God has given us.
Stewardship is a way of life in which we recognise that we are stewards of all that God has given us; and that includes our time, our talents, our possessions and our money.
Stewardship is an active response to the words ‘I believe!’; or to put it another way stewardship is a part of our spirituality and a way of life in which we seek to use all that we have to continue the mission of sharing the good news of the God's Kingdom.
As a result:
- we advance the mission of the church to proclaim God’s love in Christ:
- we release resources for the relief of the poor:
- we become more aware of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation.
The four key principles of Christian Stewardship
1. Discipleship: How we handle money, wealth and possessions is a central part of our discipleship.
2. Mission: Our giving of time, money and talents resources God's mission in the world.
3. Generosity: Our generosity is one of the values that should mark us out as Christians.
4. Lifestyle: Giving is from our whole income, not from what's left over.