STEWARD= A steward is someone who cares for someone elses property.
Challenging all Christians- to reimagine the ways they steward (or take care of what belongs to God- "God's stuff!") in response to God's command to love God and our neighbor.
AELC has committed to using our ELCA Synod's year-long stewardship program- realizing this is a new approach to stewardship that requires a large shift in the way we think and talk about stewardship. "Stewardship is not about paying the bills > but it is about loving God and my neighbor" "Stewardship is not only about money > but it is about my whole self and so much more" "How much of "God's stuff" and all that belongs to God -should I keep for myself?" "God has provided for us in abundance and God comes down to us in Jesus Christ" "Stewardship is directly related to discipleship and how we can come together as a church to do God's work within and outside of the church and in our homes."
It is a way of life. It is about our need to give and about God. How are we stewarding God's Gospel and God's Grace, and all in God's creation that is entrusted to us?
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37b-39