Created to Be a Steward: Campaign Guidance

A Word of Encouragement

While there is much we don’t know about 2021, and the impact of the COVID virus and the economic impact it will continue to have globally, there are some things we do know. Let’s remind ourselves of these things as we prepare.

God will go with us into the unknown. 

From God’s promise to Abram to “go to a land I will show you” to Jesus’ words that “I will be with you to the end of the age”, we know that whatever the landscape of the church looks like in the near or distant future, God will be there.  This is good time to remember that the words fear not appear over 150 time in the bible.  Even in the wilderness God provided and can be trusted to do so again and again.

The body of Christ will not die. 

The Judeo-Christian tradition is based in communion with God and each other, beginning with Genesis where God declares that it is “not good to be alone”, to Revelation where it is prophesied that the nations will walk together in the New Jerusalem.  Our faith is a communal one and can only be best expressed in terms larger than the individual.

The true mission of the church will remain relevant. 

When Abram receives the invitation to be a blessed by God, it is not only for him and his family, but for all the nations.  Jesus echoes this love in John 3:16 in the acknowledgement that God loves the whole world, and it is to the ends of the earth that the disciples are sent to teach all that they had learned from him.  The hope of the gospel is that God loves us and seeks to be reconciled to all of creation.  Our mission to tell “what we know” about the endless mercy of God and to express that in loving acts of compassion and kindness (Matthew 25:31-46) will not end until Christ returns and “things are in earth as they are in heaven”.

The work of gathering resources for mission will continue. 

Until such time as Isaiah’s vision of “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters’ and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!” (IS 55:1) is fulfilled, the community of faith will need money to make mission and ministry happen.  As these materials seek to remind us, stewardship is more than money; but faithful resource management is no less a part of being in step with the values of the realm.  Moving money to mission so that the hungry are fed, the thirsty are given drink, the naked are clothed, the sick are made well, and justice rolls down like a living stream is necessary and holy work.