What is stewardship?
Stewardship is growing, developing, advancing, and building the gifts with which God has blessed us. Stewardship is not conserving, holding, protecting, and preserving.
God invites you; God calls you to be a good steward of these amazing gifts:
the gift of your life
the gift of generosity
the gift of the mission to which God calls you
the gift of hope
God encourages you to begin growing, developing, advancing, and building these remarkable gifts.
When you develop a theology of stewardship as growing, developing, advancing, and building, you live in the confidence that:
the love of God is renewing
the power of God is astonishing
the grace of God is amazing
the purpose of God is moving
the hope of God overcomes all.
People who live with this assurance and vision have a sincerely and deeply felt, biblical understanding that stewardship is growing the gifts of life, generosity, mission, faith, and hope.
Stewardship is the wise investment of these amazing gifts.
Source: Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church
Kennon L. Callahan