“Whole Life” Stewardship

OUR MISSION STATEMENT FOR NEW LIFE

ROOTED in the Word

REFRESHED in the Spirit

REACHING into the neighborhood and the world

 

So that…we bless others

So that…we share the Good News and make disciples

So that…we grow God’s Church

REDEFINING STEWARDSHIP

Responsible Living! Joyful Giving!

NEW LIFE’S SHIFT

New Life’s shift to “whole-life stewardship” involves two equally important goals:

  • Living fiscally responsible as individuals, families, and a congregation
    • Become a debt-free forward-looking
    • Move from a “paying the bills” approach
      to a healthier response of “living the mission”
    • Increase regular giving
  • Grow in mission interpretation and support
    • Strengthen and develop our established missions
    • Engage and assemble under-active members in those missions
    • Provide for spiritual renewal

Being a good steward is more than just being a good tither. It’s being a trusted servant whom God can count on to fulfill His dreams for what He has created.

NEW FOCUS

New focus on whole-life stewardship using four principles of biblical stewardship:

The Principle Of Ownership

God owns everything. Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities. We are simply managers or administrators acting on His behalf. We own our actions and our inactions.

The Principle Of Responsibility

As God’s stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes. We’re responsible for how we treat them and what we do with them.

The Principle Of Accountability

We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care. One day each of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us – our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.

The Principle Of Reward

Honor working with God to fulfill His plans for His creation is our reward. Stewardship gives meaning, direction, joy and purpose to our lives. There is no higher calling.

21st century stewardship goes beyond church budgets or building projects.  Everything we do is connected with what God is doing in the world.