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Financial Stewardship

by Ben Holden on December 05, 2019

Lately, I have been doing some reading on the topic of church budgeting.

I know, I might be the most boring person alive! As a result of my reading, I have been challenged on the subject of financial faithfulness and stewardship. In relation to financial stewardship at church, we want to steward our assets, gifts, and finances well, but it is also important to be a good steward of our personal finances.

Financial Stewardship and Generosity

In his book, Budgeting For A Healthy Church, Jamie Dunlop writes about the importance of financial faithfulness both corporately and individually.

One of the challenges he gives is to pray for financial faithfulness.

In doing so he gives a list of ideas of what to pray for in this arena. I want to share some of them with you because they challenged me.

  • Pray that we (as a faith family) would be overwhelmed by how much Christ has given to us.
  • Pray that I would give cheerfully, not out of guilt or obligation.
  • Pray that I would be wise in how much I (and my family) decide to give.
  • Pray that I would give regularly, deliberately, and proportionately.
  • Pray that we would gladly part with what our world values in order to take hold of what God values.
  • Pray that our church would be wise in how it stewards our gifts.
  • Pray that our congregation would be known for its generosity.
  • Pray that our giving would show God to be good, delightful, and generous.
  • Pray that God would bring to fruition the hopes we have for every area of our church budget.

I hope we're challenged as a faith family and as individuals who are following Jesus.

I also hope that this serves as a great reminder and resource for talking about godly stewardship (for finances and beyond) with our children. I will be regularly praying for these things for myself, my family, and for us as a faith family. Will you join me?

Tags: money, bible, generosity, tithing, budgeting, financial stewardship, personal finance, berean baptist church, ben holden

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