What is Stewardship?
The core idea of stewardship is that God, as sovereign creator, is the owner of everything (Gen. 1:1, John 3:27, Psalm 24:1). As a result, we can’t claim ultimate rule or ownership over anything (1 Cor. 4:7). Rather, we are simply managing what the Lord has entrusted to us for a limited amount of time. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are stewards, managing what the Lord has entrusted us for eternal benefit or temporal gain. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us that we are either good stewards or poor stewards, serving either God or money.
Good vs. Poor Stewardship
A good steward is one who faithfully leverages all that has been entrusted to them to see the purpose of God move forward. A good steward trusts fully in God’s provision and is able to freely give of their time, talent, and treasure knowing that it was never truly theirs to begin with.
A poor steward keeps what they’ve been given in a tight hand, using their time, talent, and possession for their own advancement and glory. A poor steward typically views their possessions as the reward of their own hard work and merit. The poor steward doesn’t recognize that even their ability to work hard or earn a living is given to them by God.
How does stewardship affect our giving?
As stewards of what the Lord has given us we’re called not to determine how much we can or should give, but rather how much we should keep for ourselves.
Therefore, our giving of time and money is:
- Worship (2 Corinthians 8:5, Philippians 4:18)
- Pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:16, Philippians 4:18)
- Sacrificial (2 Corinthians 8:3)
- Generous (2 Corinthians 8:2, 1 Timothy 6:18)
- Cheerful (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Trusting (Matthew 6:33-34)
- Systematic/Proportional (1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 2 Corinthians 8:2-3)
Stewardship is a gospel issue.
A result of the gospel is a renewed heart that desires to do the will of our Heavenly Father instead of our own. Our transformed hearts no longer seek to claim things for themselves, but rather to pour out all things that others may come to know the joy of being in God’s family (2 Corinthians 5:16-21).
Poor stewardship is symptomatic of a false belief of who God is. When we hold tightly to our time and money and claim them as our own, we are not believing that God is a loving Father who cares greatly for his children and who has promised to always provide for their needs (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 6:26-32).
As a church we are committed to give no less than 10% of our operating budget directly back to missions. We support various church plants, missionaries, and para-church organizations.
We are committed to being above reproach in how we handle our finances.
- Sunday Collection
All money received at Sunday gatherings is double counted by at least two unrelated individuals and placed in a drop safe.
All expense budgets are set by the executive team and are reviewed monthly. All expenses are tracked and verified through monthly bank reconciliation.
Staff salaries are determined by level of responsibility and are set by the staff executive team and a Volunteer Executive Committee (VEC). The staff executive team researches compensation through a variety of external church surveys and submits the findings along with recommendations for compensation to the VEC for final approval.
- Staff Giving
All staff are expected to be regular, generous givers to Veritas. Staff giving is audited quarterly.
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