February 26 - March 4, 2007
A Season to Practice Stewardship of Life
Lent is the traditional time that the church encourages faithful people to give up certain stuff -- sweets, alcohol, fats, cussing, dining out, swearing, put downs, etc. -- and to give away other stuff -- food to the local feeding pantry, extra money to charity, volunteer hours to a nonprofit agency, etc.
All of this emphasis on discipline provides ample opportunity to reflect on how Lent is the ideal time to practice stewardship of life. By giving up on the one hand, and giving away on the other, we are really reshaping the priorities of our time, talent and possessions. Being better stewards of our lives.
So this Lent, embrace the traditional disciplines, but do so with the awareness that the disciplines are putting into practice what we should be doing every second of every day: Using our lives wisely.
--Rob Blezard, editor and webmaster
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New This Week:
Who Spends the Church’s Money?
For many churches, the primary task of stewardship is to spend wisely. But how can a church balance the need for careful oversight with flexibility to respond quickly to the changing needs of ministry? This article discusses approaches to handling the budget to achieve both. Click here for “Who Spends the Church's Money?” from Christianity Today.
Exercise Those Generosity Muscles
"Find a cause that you care deeply about and them put your money there instead of spreading it among so many different causes that it gets split only small enough to cover some postage for the next request." Click here for the latest weekly column by Pastor Dana Reardon. To read past columns, click here.
How to Build a 12-Month Church Stewardship Calendar
Detail and timing go into a good stewardship plan, and that’s why this handy resource is so helpful. This breaks the task into many parts over the course of a calendar year and gives you a guide for staying on track. Click here for “How to build a 12-Month Church Stewardship Calendar,” from the Christian Stewardship Association.
Eco-Palms: For Justice and Environmental Stewardship
Why not consider making your congregation’s celebration of Palm Sunday, April 1, a teaching opportunity on social justice and environmental stewardship? You can buy palm fronds harvested in a sustainable manner and sold to give the farmers a fair share of the proceeds. This link will show you how. Click here for “Eco Palms,” from Lutheran World Relief.