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How To Teach Stewardship                                                  Principles of Tithing

Teach stewardship as a lifestyle because teaching it any other way will not produce a changed life or changed priorities. Nor will it result in a commitment to put God first in every area of life.
The consequences of not teaching lifestyle stewardship are evident. There is a growing unrest among Baptists who feel unfulfilled in service, clearly hungry to be actively engaged in giving—not just of their money but also their time and talents—to the cause of Christ.

Step 1.— Create a climate in your church that regularly confronts your people with God's Word regarding the management of their assets—time, financial resources, and personal gifts. Make sure the climate is both positive and healthy, and support it with prayer.
Step 2.— Establish clearly—through preaching, teaching, personal example, and church practice—that there is great joy, deep peace, and enormous satisfaction in putting God first in every area of life. Pastor, staff, and lay leaders should model Christian stewardship. The church itself must conduct its own business, its own giving, and its own outreach according to biblical models.
Step 3.— Provide the Christian asset manager with the tools needed to be successful. People were not born knowing how to manage resources. It is an acquired skill, and specific learning activities are needed to equip individuals and families to be effective stewards.
Step 4.— Produce a continuous flow of preaching, teaching, learning activities and practical experiences that educate the congregation. Avoid at all costs the temptation to focus on only the financial aspects of stewardship. To emphasize pledging a budget and tithing, apart from issues of the heart, is to rob the people of God's clear teaching that He is interested above all else in our heart condition. The best way to avoid misunderstanding on this point is to develop a year-round calendar with stewardship elements every quarter of the year. Integrate stewardship concepts and education into every area of church life, and clearly define the implications of faithful stewardship among all age groups.
Step 5.— Preach and teach clearly that stewardship is first and foremost a heart issue. Teaching a person to tithe purely from a legalistic approach is to cheat him of the knowledge that God is the greatest giver of all time. Our giving, then, is simply a response to His giving and becomes the way by which we express our love and thanks for what He did for us.
Step 6.— Make a concerted effort to educate the entire body of believers about the dangers of debt. "You have only to pick up today's paper to see again that our nation is wallowing in red ink. Christians are not immune to the consumer debt crisis that is sweeping our country. Give your people financial management tools that reveal the crippling effects of debt, the dangers it presents to marriages and homes, and the opportunities that are lost when a family is slave to the lender.
Step 7.— Help your people discover their gifts. Show your people how to find out the ways God gifts each of His children with skills, talents, and spiritual gifts. Then encourage them to use and develop those gifts within the body of Christ and the local community. Conduct short classes year-round, encouraging every member to attend. Those that have discovered their gifts can share and encourage, while those who have not can be led to see who they are in Christ—special, unique, and equipped for service.
In short, preach, teach, and model a lifestyle stewardship that is so winsome and so compelling that your members will want to emulate that lifestyle and in so doing, will bring glory to God!

(Adapted from an article by Norma J. Goldman, Managing Director, Church Leadership Publishing, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee).

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