Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Dear CPC Family, our Brothers, and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings from CPC’s Stewardship Team. As part of CPC’s transition to ECO, the Session formed this team to design, plan and implement holistic stewardship — nested in CPC’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. We’d like to introduce our concept for holistic stewardship and the first set of initiatives we are implementing. Our concept is based on the standard of biblical principles for stewardship – honoring God with our time, talents and treasures in our daily walk as believers, and in fulfilling the Great Commission as a body of believers.
We look forward to the impact we can make as we embrace our role as stewards of God’s provisions. Holistic stewardship is about more than the offering plate. It cuts across our ministry activities and is integrated with and reflected in the key components of worship, discipleship, missions, and giving of tithes and offerings as described below.
Worship. This involves personal investment in individual and corporate worship. Personal worship incorporates prayer, praise, thanksgiving, tithes and offerings, and daily devotion — reflecting God in my life in my daily walk. Meaningful corporate worship honors God through prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and teaching and preaching the Word of God.
Discipleship. Maturing as a disciple reflects that Jesus is my Savior and the Lord of my life. God will deepen my faith as I use my gifts, apply this in my daily walk, study Scripture, pray, tithe, offer my witness, fellowship with other believers, and use my time to honor God.
Missions. This is focused on spreading the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ in ministering to our local community and beyond. It is a personal commitment to invest my time, talents, and energy; and it is a body of believers organized to reach the world around us.
Tithes and Offerings. In humble recognition that all we have is given to us by God, we happily offer the first fruits of our labor as stewards of God’s provisions. This includes responsibility and accountability in stewarding the use of our gifts and offerings as individuals, families, and as a body of believers toward advancing the Kingdom of God.
Reward. Our reward for proper use of our gifts will be the words of our Lord in Mathew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Several initial goals and objectives to incorporate holistic stewardship at CPC are focused on activities that are emphasized throughout the year — rather than a transactional focus in the fall. We are seeing this through preaching and teaching during worship. We developed a descriptive budget for 2020 that reveals the impact on ministry activities as a result of our giving, and its impact that we envision in the future. We are incorporating periodic testimonials of stewardship during worship service. And we will offer opportunities to learn about and explore biblical standards regarding our finances and giving, use of our talents and gifts, and how we spend and manage our time as disciples.
We thank the many faithful stewards of CPC, and the impact you have made in advancing the Kingdom of God through CPC’s Ministry. And we look forward to the impact we can make as disciples of Jesus Christ and as stewards of God’s provisions.
The Stewardship Team Rob Bromhead, Co-Pastor, Glenn Downer, Chair, Vicki Scruggs, John Cartwright, Eric Amacher-Testimonial Coordinator, Judy Thomson-Testimonial Coordinator
PS Check out the sermon from Sunday, August 30, 2020 for more insight.