Wikipedia defines stewardship as "... an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment, economics, health, property, information, theology, etc...Stewardship is now generally recognized as the acceptance or assignment of responsibility to shepherd and safeguard the valuables of others."
True stewardship accepts Jesus Christ, not only as Savior, but also as the LORD of our lives. God has blessed and entrusted us with time, talents, resources, and much more--His "valuables." Our responsibility as followers of Christ is to "shepherd and safeguard" those valuables. We are expected to be faithful in doing our very best to manage what God, in His infinite love, has given us. Stewardship is centered in a relationship with God and acknowledges Him as Creator, recognizing that He is the owner of everything. (Psalm 50:10-12)
Stewardship involves more than money, however, it certainly includes faithfulness in tithes and offerings. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:11
The Stewardship Department serves the churches of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference by conducting workshops, providing materials, and assisting local church leaders in presenting a Christ-centered approach to a healthy and balanced stewardship emphasis.
“If the hearts of God's people were filled with love for Christ; if every church member were thoroughly imbued with the Spirit of self-sacrifice; if all manifested thorough earnestness, there would be no lack of funds for home or foreign missions.” — Testimonies Volume 6, page 450
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