No wonder Proverbs is considered one of the Hebrew Bible’s wisdom books — it has so many commonsense teachings about so many topics including money! Jana Riess, a columnist for Religion News Service, discovered five key teachings. (Photo by bhsher, used by Creative Commons license)
This handy four-page PDF outlines the basic concepts involved in stewardship that confront Christians and congregations in North America, including hyper consumerism, idolatry, discipleship and commitment. Good for anyone trying to steer a godly course in our culture.
This guide outlines Sunday school classes about for children, youth and adults about caring for God’s creation and how we can help conserve natural resources through lifestyle changes. Designed by the New Community Project for a broad faith audience, they can be adapted for your context.
Clear thinking and sound assumptions are musts in order to foster a climate of generosity in your congregation. This brief article from the United Methodist Church will help you head down the right road. (Photo by ThrasherDave, used by Creative Commons license. Thanks!)
The Bible gives a two-sided portrayal of wealth: It is good, but it can seduce us into sin. The solution, according to New Testament scholar Craig L. Blomberg, is to freely share it. In Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship (Zondervan), Blomberg, who teaches at Denver Seminary, argues that sacrificial giving is an essential part of good stewardship. He spoke with CT editor at large Rob Moll about our spending patterns and whether Christians are required to tithe. (Photo (c) Luke Peterson, used by Creative Commons license)
Living Wi$ely is a personal finance and budget counseling ministry that helps participants explore basic concepts of 1) creating and living within a budget; 2) saving, giving and getting out of debt; 3) biblical principles and spiritual issue of money. It is designed to be offered weekly for four weeks. The free online materials include the Financial Workshop Manual and a PowerPoint presentation for each of the four sessions. (Photo (c) Ariel Grimm, ShareAlike License)
While today some adults may think children do not need to learn stewardship, our Lord clearly proved he can make miracles happen even with a small contribution from a young child. The reasons for introducing stewardship to children are overwhelming. In fact, stewardship could be the greatest lesson we teach to our young people. (Photo © alphaspirit – Fotolia.com)
Stewardship theology begins with a basic understanding of the “otherness” of God. We begin by acknowledging that God is, by definition, beyond our comprehension. God is not only beyond our comprehension, but in essence “totally other.” Our foundational awareness of the Holy One occurs when we recognize that we are submerged and overwhelmed in our own nothingness. The Holy One is felt as objective and outside ourselves. (Photo (c) Keren Tan, ShareAlike License.)
Perfect for small groups, an adult study group or Lenten emphasis, the folks at the Episcopal Diocese of California have put together this insightful Lenten Stewardship Curriculum that offers weekly class guides and suggestions for hands-on activities. There’s also an extensive Stations of the Cross liturgy.
Here is a really wonderful 49-page Lenten devotional that will enable you to explore important themes of stewardship through daily Scripture readings, prayer and reflection. It’s free! Written by Rev. Russell McDowell for 2012, the ideas are still fresh (although you’ll have to adjust the dates). (Photo © robhainer – Fotolia.com)