The Department of Stewardship
assists administration in accomplishing the mission of the Church through
leadership training and the education of church members in stewardship
principles. More specifically, the purpose
of the Department of Stewardship is to aid in the integration of the faith walk
with God into every area of life- individually and corporately.
The functions of the Stewardship Department are:
- To articulate a biblical vision of stewardship
and the integration of the lordship of Jesus
Christ into every area of life, and to call the Church to a total commitment of the entire life and all resources
and possessions to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
- To develop and present a biblical approach to
stewardship as the lifestyle lived in union and partnership with God. To continue the work of tithe offering education
and the implementation of the recommended Seventh-day Adventist Financial
Support Plan. This would help members
grow in the understanding of their role in the corporate stewardship of the
church as the Body of Christ, its financial support through systematic
benevolence, and the role of the Holy Spirit in guiding the individual and
corporate giving systems.
- To develop concepts and appropriate resources
for empowering members and leaders to implement stewardship principles,
especially those materials that cannot be produced as economically and
effectively in a division or union office.
- To encourage increased financial responsibility
and accountability, as well as greater levels of financial self support and
interdependence, individually and corporately.
- To help create an understanding of the balance
between a regular giving system and special project giving as two dimensions of
systematic benevolence which work in harmony. Thus each believer is encouraged to provide regular, systematic support
for the local church, conference/mission and world missions, and in addition
join in supporting special projects as led by the Holy Spirit.
- To give leadership and coordination to those
programs that the church body, through its general councils, may decide
should be given unified support around
the world and may assign to the Department of Stewardship as its