POTTER’S OUTREACH 2020
Stewardship has its roots in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30). “The talents which God has entrusted to us, whether they be large or small, whether they be money or strength or time, are talents for which we are responsible and we should invest them. As we do, God will multiply them for the finishing of His work”
Stewardship is not simply another offering; it is a plan whereby an individual invests money, time, talent or effort in a faithful partnership with God for the purpose of supporting His world mission. It is a contract bound by faith. Above all we should remember that God is the senior partner in any stewardship project. As we invest with God as a partner we will be laying up treasures in heaven. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21).
Even though your best-laid plans may not seem to materialize just as you might desire, and the return from your investment seems small, be true to your work and God will surely reward your efforts.
“However small your talent, God has a place for it. That one talent, wisely used, will accomplish its appointed work. By faithfulness in little duties, we are able to work on the plan of addition, and God will work for us on the plan of multiplication. These littles will become the most precious influences in His work” (Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons).
Duties of the Stewardship team:
The ministry to which a person is called when he or she becomes an stewardship team member will include the following duties:
- Promote stewardship at all age levels. The team should promote stewardship in each division of Sabbath School on a regular monthly schedule. Ideally, the presentations would begin in January and conclude in November. Choosing the same Sabbath each month makes it easy for the division leaders to plan and remember. Possibly the second Sabbath of each month would be appropriate.
- Stewardship materials.Plan far enough ahead so you can have the stewardship leaflets and goals in hand the Sabbath you introduce your stewardship plan. Leaflets can be ordered from your local conference.
- Setting goals.At the beginning of the year, you should meet with the Sabbath School leaders to plan for the year’s activities. In consultation with the church, leadership come to an agreement on a suitable goals for the year. Keep a goal chart in a central location to show the funds being raised and the percentage of members participating.
- Keep records.Meet with the church treasurer on a regular basis to keep track of the money being turned in for stewardship. Give progress reports in your monthly presentations to the church.
- It is your responsibility to keep the church members informed as to the progress of the stewardship plan, and what the funds are used for. Keep the needs of world mission before the congregation and show them how the stewardship plan makes a specific, significant contribution.