- Written by The LCMS Office of National Mission, Stewardship Ministry The LCMS Office of National Mission, Stewardship Ministry
- Created: 27 November 2010 27 November 2010
Continued from “Did You Know (Part 3).”
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod adopted eight Stewardship principles at its 1998 national convention. These principles reflect a definition of stewardship commonly used throughout the LCMS. Each principle stands alone as an important guide for the church, yet all eight principles stand together as a summary of how we live our lives of stewardship.
Principle Seven—God’s Stewards are Served and Serving
God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated by servanthood within every arena of life.
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:26b–28
Principle Eight—God’s Stewards Live With an Awareness of the Present and the Future, of Time and Eternity
God’s stewards live intentionally in the light of the Lord’s eternal purpose while being firmly committed to His rule in the here and now.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19–21
Saint John’s Stewardship Board promotes the development of good stewardship and giving patterns among the members of Saint John’s.