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Treating Stewardship As a Way of Life

By Tammy Scott

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I spent nearly two weeks at a class on “Church Business Administration” this summer. We talked about church finances, taxes, annual stewardship and capital fundraising, employment practices, facilities management, and so much more. 

I am thankful for the opportunity to learn so much, and am excited about implementing some of the wonderful ideas that were shared by both the facilitators and attendees of the class. 

As we head into fall, my thoughts are both reflective of the past year and anticipatory of the year that is to come. I have watched as friends and family post pictures of students returning to school this week and it is forcing me to think about what I will be feeling as Hannah and Haylee head off to their first day of “school” next week at Grace’s PDO. 

In the church, the fall often means a time to begin thinking about stewardship and pledges for the coming year. 

In a recent conversation with a colleague, I began to understand stewardship in a new way. He said stewardship simply means responsibility. 

When we hear the word responsibility in the place of the word stewardship, it opens up a wider variety of places in our lives that we can begin to apply this word stewardship.

I am hoping that you all will join me on a journey this fall as we begin to think about and explore what our responsibilities are to the environment, our households, our community, and our church. This will give us an opportunity to look at stewardship as a way of life rather than something we consider once a year in the church.