EIGHT PRINCIPLES OF STEWARDSHIP (LC-MS)
"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 purposes."
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.
"Maturing stewards do the right things for the right reasons and strive for excellence in all they do!"