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Are a church's people "members"? "Disciples"? In the following article, Rolf Jacobson says calling them "stewards of God's mysteries" would better reflect the biblical picture of church membership.
"Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy"(1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
I often find myself in conversation with church leaders who wonder how best to "do stewardship" with people under forty. Luther Seminary student Mike Rusert serves as Senior High Youth Director at Jacob's Well, a congregation filled with people in their twenties and thirties. Mike was a student in a class I taught this past semester, and wrote a paper describing his ideas for stewardship ministry at Jacob's Well. I am pleased to present his ideas here, because I am convinced that what he has to say speaks to the question I often hear lots of us posing, "How do we do stewardship with people under forty?" Here are Mike's thoughts. - Chick Lane
What is the starting point of stewardship?
Option A: Stewardship as Investment
Option B: Stewardship as Crisis Management
Option C: Stewardship as Obligation
Option D: Stewardship as An Act of Faith
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1. Taking the time
2. Sharing, not losing
3. Worthy gifts
4. Word and deed
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