MEMBERS PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED 2017 PLEDGE FORM TO THE CHURCH BY SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2016.
“Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purpose.” (LCMS definition of stewardship)
There are many opportunities to serve here at Grace. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of those serving opportunities. If you’d like to serve in one or more of the following capacities, please see one of the Pastors, an Elder, or a board member.
- Nursery attendant
- Sunday School teacher
- Choir member
- Sunday morning coffee fellowship
- Serving as an Elder
- Serving on the Board of Directors
- Financial Secretary
- Human Care
- Youth Ministry
- Children’s Ministry
- Serving as a member on one of the Board’s committees
- Small group Bible study leader
- Midweek children or youth teacher
- Altar Guild/Chancel member
- Women of Grace
- Lawn maintenance
- Building maintenance
- Email prayer chain
- Home visitations
- Food bank
- Office help – folding bulletins, newsletters, etc.
- Audio or visual equipment
Lord, You created me to be a steward. In Holy Baptism, You made me a Christian steward. Guide me in understanding that I am a steward by Your grace and that my stewardship is a way of life. Keep me dependent on You and responsible to You. I ask this for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
LCMS Biblical Stewardship Principles
I. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE GOD’S STEWARDS.
This means that God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and re-creation in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.
II. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS, NOT OWNERS.
This means that God’s stewards have been entrusted with life and life’s resources and given the privilege of responsibly and joyfully managing them for Him.
III. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SAINTS AND SINNERS.
This means that God’s stewards rejoice in and live out what the Lord has declared them to be through the cross. At the same time His stewards recognize they are sinners who fight sin and its consequences each day.
IV. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE UNIQUELY SINGULAR, YET PROFOUNDLY PLURAL.
This means that God’s stewards recognize that their lives are not solo performances but are personal responses to God, lived out within the community of faith to benefit the whole world.
V. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD.
This means that God’s stewards recognize that the Lord sets them apart from the world and by the transforming power of the Gospel sends them into the world to live out the Gospel.
VI. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE LOVED AND LOVING.
This means that God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God’s act of love for them in Christ which empowers them, in turn, to love others in acts of Christ-like love.
VII. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING.
This means that God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated in servanthood within all the arenas of life.
VIII. GOD’S STEWARDS LIVE WITH AN AWARENESS OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE, OF TIME AND ETERNITY.
This means that God’s stewards live intentionally in the light of the Lord’s eternal purpose while being firmly committed to His rule in the here and now.
For more information about the Biblical Stewardship Principles, please see below: