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Kingdom Stewardship: Equipping Disciples, Mobilizing Resources and Utilizing Technology to Advance God’s Mission in the World

Author: The Resource Mobilisation Working Group
Date: 19.06.2010
Category: Resource Mobilization

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Editor’s Note: This Cape Town 2010 Advance Paper has been written by Ram Gidoomal in collaboration with the Resource Mobilization Working Group as an overview of the topic to be discussed at the Multiplex session on “Mobilizing Resources for World Evangelization.” Responses to this paper through the Lausanne Global Conversation will be fed back to the author and others to help shape their final presentations at the Congress.

Introduction

At the beginning of the twenty first century, an unprecedented opportunity exists to disciple the church in the fundamental biblical pattern of holistic stewardship. As the church becomes increasingly aware of issues of sustainability, seeks to understand and foster the role of business, and expands the message of the grace of giving as a central motif of the Christian life, an environment for transformation takes root: personal and corporate.

Christ-centered stewardship—that is, management of God’s resources for his intended purposes—will begin to foster more accountability for business and ministry, more collaboration among ministry efforts for greater effectiveness, and healthy motivations and patterns of giving in the lives of all Christians, regardless of wealth, location or status.

Section 1. Kingdom Stewardship: Christ-Centered Steward Discipleship

While most, if not all, Christians employ stewardship language to describe God’s mission in the world, the foundational theological understanding of stewardship varies greatly across denominations and religious traditions.

Some groups think stewardship is tithing. Others think stewardship means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action, charitable giving or the making of disciples through evangelism.

Each of these good and necessary activities points to an essential facet of stewardship. But each on its own falls short of capturing the inspiring vision of biblical stewardship as a form of whole-life discipleship that embraces every legitimate vocation and calling to fulfill God’s mission in the world. In this sense, holistic stewardship, transformational generosity, workplace ministry, business as mission, and the theology of work movement all share a common point of origin in the biblical view of mission as whole-life discipleship.

Why has this inspiring vision suffered a setback? It was set back for two primary reasons: (1) because evangelicals siphoned stewardship off from a holistic understanding of God’s mission in order to raise funds for global missions and the local church, and (2) because evangelicals, at the same time, upheld the problematic distinction between clerical vocations and ordinary vocations, which only served to reinforce the age-old wall that had been erected between sacred and secular callings.

In the immediate aftermath of the First International Congress on World Evangelization, John Stott, in his 1975 Oxford lectures entitled Christian Mission in the Modern World, pinpointed the theological root cause of the problem. He discerned that evangelicals seemed unable to integrate satisfactorily the Great Commandment (Lev 19:18), to “love your neighbor as yourself,” with the Great Commission (Matt 28:19), to “go and make disciples of all nations.” God’s mission, Stott urged in keeping with Matthew 5:13-16, “describes rather everything the church is sent into the world to do. [It] embraces the church’s double voc

Keywords: kingdom, stewardship, resources, technology, mission, Christ-centred, discipleship, holistic, sustainability, management, responsibility, entrusted, generosity, privilege, commitment, compassion, image, calling, equipping

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down HLMissionary (1)
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This article is a mini-course for anyone wishing to teach others about Christ-centered steward discipleship. I am wondering if anyone has updated this piece regarding "model" websites.

Also, given today’shacking/security measures, can various sites "share" information safely?

Incorporating our 21st century world’s technology with Biblical principles to reach more people for Christ is so needed.

Thank you, Resource Mobilization Group of Cape Town!


27.11.2013
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Sas_Conradie (4)    
United Kingdom
@ HLMissionary:

Thank you very much for the comment. There are various resources in the Resource Mobilization category of the Lausanne Conversation (http://conversation.lausanne.org/en/resources/browse/category/Resource+Mobilization) that you might be interested in. The Money Revolution (http://conversation.lausanne.org/en/resources/detail/12979#.UpcC4-T7qSo) by John Preston is especially very good. Please send me an e-mail to ggncoord@gmail.com and I will send more information.


Sas Conradie


Coordinator Global Generosity Network


28.11.2013
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down brother_edward (1)
United States

i liked the article, specially in the part that remember us that stwardship is about our whole life. But i have a question. I have heard that in USA just 4% of the church gives tithe and offerings. If this number is right i would like to ask, how much in percentage are we really giving our lives to the Lord.


07.10.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down CarolineKasaya (1)
Kenya

Hallo,

A wonderful piece of paper written here. I have never come across such profoung truths on stewardship...I could say mine was the traditional stewardship of money and tithes...that is what is taught to us from a tender age.

This paper opens up a whole new world of life and experiencing God like never before! God Bless you


19.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Crown (0)
United States

Ram,

Thank you for the excellent insights by your team.

I like to say that Biblical stewardship is not getting your finances in order so that you can be financially free, but "ordering your life in such a way that Christ can freely spend you."  Our organization, Crown Financial Ministries (www.crown.org) has materials, tools and resources in over 30 languages to help the Church accomplish kingdom stewardship. 

Our short film series, God Provides, was designed to reach the world’s 3 billion oral and visual learners. We are prayerful that it will receive recognition among the Lausanne delegates via its entry in the film festival at this year’s gathering. 

Chuck Bentley

Crown.org


17.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Callforlife (0)
Egypt

 

أولا شكرا كثيرا لأجل هذا المقال المهم ، وثانيا أريد أن أطرح تعليقي الخاص بالمقال إلى أي مدى نفرق بين الوكالة والسطلة داخل المؤسسات الدينية ، وأيضا كيف نربط بين مفهوم الوكالة والسلطة في ضوء بعض التحديات التي تواجه الكنيسة وهو ضياع مفهوم الوكالة وظهور دور السلطة بطريقة غير مقبوله .


16.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Sarah_Breuel (0)  
Italy

Thank you for the interesting and biblical exposition on stewardship. My question would be (as a Brazilian missionary who fundraised to worked in Italy): how would you respond to people who question fundraising for cross-cultural missions, defending only the tent making model?


13.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down kairosfish (4)  
Malaysia

Thank you for reminding us that biblical stewardship is holistic and missional. It embraces every area of life and challenges us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. This is an important message for the church who often dichotomizes life into the sacred and secular and who fails to take the doctrine of creation seriously.

Thank you for reminding us that biblical stewardship is holistic and missional. It embraces every area of life and challenges us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. This is an important message for the church who often dichotomizes life into the sacred and secular and who fails to take the doctrine of creation seriously.


10.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down kairosfish (4)  
Malaysia

biblical stewardship as a form of whole-life discipleship that embraces every legitimate vocation and calling to fulfill God’s mission in the world.
In this sense, holistic stewardship, transformational generosity, workplace ministry, business as mission, and the theology of work movement all share a common point of origin in the biblical view of mission as whole-life discipleship.
The meaning here is that God is the Master of a great household (cosmos) and is wisely administering his rule over it; this he is doing through the person of his son, Jesus Christ, who has in turn commissioned his human stewards (Gen 1:28-30) to manage the Father’s household through the animating power of the Holy Spirit.
biblical stewardship is a coronation of God’s human stewards to fulfill the Father’s mission in creation and redemption. This is a profound privilege and goes well beyond simply being a wise trustee of God’s money and property. In fact, Scripture tells us that each of us is a steward of God’s creation and design for every area of life.
we see that biblical stewards are managers in trust of God’s design for every area of life. Of course, the privilege of being God’s stewards requires that each of us grasps what he or she personally has been called to manage. And furthermore, as the people of God sent to all regions of the world and sectors of society, we must maintain a sound understanding of the church’s double vocation of service to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world,” and the implications for our daily lives and our theology of stewardship.

Thank you for reminding us that biblical stewardship is holistic and missional. It embraces every area of life and challenges us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. This is an important message for the church who often dichotomizes life into the sacred and secular and who fails to take the doctrine of creation seriously.


10.10.2010
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Reply Flag 1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ishak_Sukamto (1)  
Indonesia

The greedy, selfishness and discontentment feeling of human being become biggest hindrance for the act of stewardship, not only in the secular world but even in community of christian, churches , para-churches . Worldly intentionality dominate daily life . To own, getting prosper, enjoy the richness just for self, for own family, for own church, for own community, own nation, own country already become a major purpose of life. 

Need the grace of God to remind all us again about the temporariness of every material, every condition, each comfortability and facility that we have now. 

May You Lord, restore our awareness of stewardship-ness, feel the depth of Jesus Ministry, release from material dependency and fully offering what we have, what we are for the Glory of The Lord, for the blessing for others. 


08.10.2010
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Indonesia

The greedy, selfishness and discontentment feeling of human being become biggest hindrance for the act of stewardship, not only in the secular world but even in community of christian, churches , para-churches . Worldly intentionality dominate daily life . To own, getting prosper, enjoy the richness just for self, for own family, for own church, for own community, own nation, own country already become a major purpose of life. 

Need the grace of God to remind all us again about the temporariness of every material, every condition, each comfortability and facility that we have now. 

May You Lord, restore our awareness of stewardship-ness, feel the depth of Jesus Ministry, release from material dependency and fully offering what we have, what we are for the Glory of The Lord, for the blessing for others. 


08.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Shiela_Porter (0)  
United Kingdom

It’s great to begin with what God has done for us - ie God’s plan and to be reminded that our response to His Son is the greatest stewardship decision we will ever personally face.

And the reminder that He has entrusted us to implement His mission in the world - despite all our failings.  Amazing hey!

But also the reminder that He doesn’t want to manage His creation by default but by design.

Good stuff!   Looking forward to arriving in CT next week!


07.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Maryedemuth (3)   
United States

I love the idea of web 2.0 being a platform for stewardship. And I love that as we venture forward, creating social networks that have integrity and authenticity at the base will bring a decentralized method of stewardship.


06.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ana_M (0)  
Mexico

Thank you for this paper. I studied Economics in college. It always so hard to connect my studies with my Christian faith. The biblical concept of stewardship and generosity are very helpful. Pray that in Mexico, christians could communicate these concepts to all the church. 


05.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Sas_Conradie (4)    
United Kingdom

Thank you very much for all the comments to the Resource Mobilisation Working Group paper that Ram posted. I looked at it again and just want to invite all of you who will participate in Cape Town 2010 to attend the Resource Mobilisation Working Group’s sessions including the Multiplex Session on Tuesday the 19th of October. I think you will be surprised what you will hear and see during that session. Resource mobilisation and stewardship is definitely not from the ’West to the Rest’ anymore or about Western money controlling ministries and keep them unsustainable. When you will hear the presentations and see the models of generosity and stewardship from Asia and Africa that will be shown, you will see that this debate has actually become irrelevant. Generosity and stewardship relate to everybody!

The Resource Mobilisation Working Group is also organising 4 Dialogue Sessions during Cape Town 2010. Some of the issues mentioned in the comments will be discussed during those Sessions. We will look at ’Resourcing World Evangelisation in the 21st Centure’, Global Generosity as a movement to catalyse a global culture of generosity and stewardship and a set of standards to provide a framework for the relationship between givers and recipients in financial issues. During those sessions we will hopefully start working towards solutions for some of the critical issues around resource mobilisation and stewardship. We will publish the outlines of these sessions on the Lausanne website so that people who do not attend the Congress will also have access to it.

We have also prepared resources that we will distribute during the Congress. Hopefully that will enable us to continue with a process towards increased Christian generosity and improved stewardship beyond the Congress. Unfortunately I cannot say more at the moment.

So, when you decide on which sessions to attend during Cape Town 2010, please remember the sessions on resource mobilisation, generosity and stewardship. I promise you will not be disappointed that you have decided to attend them!

See you in Cape Town!

Sas Conradie (Coordinator Resource Mobilisation Working Group)


01.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Cody_Lorance (13)   
United States
@ Sas_Conradie:

Very good. Yes, I’m excited to see all that the Resource Group is brining to the table at Cape Town. Of course if all of us came to that particular multiplex you might have a bit of a seating problem.  Still, I appreciate your contribution and again feel you are bringing a very important piece to the conversation.


01.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ana_M (0)  
Mexico
@ Sas_Conradie:

Hopefully, I’ll be in this session. Thank you


05.10.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down EDDY_A_MORILLO_GARCI (0)  
Dominican Republic

Como era de esperar un articulo interesantisimo que cubre todas las areas de la mayordomia.   Pero un elemento que hace falta reconocer es nuestra posicion de esclavo del Señor, cuando eso ocurre no tendremos necesidad de que se nos aliente a dar, pues dar se constituiria en solo la movilizacion de recursos de otro,(mayordomia) bajo la direccion del verdadero dueño en otras palabras bajo la guia del Espiritu Santo los recursos del Reino se dirigirian a las necesidades y propositos del Rey, no a la decision de un "Comite " a menos que este Comite se constituya en un grupo de oracion que busca la direccion del Señor antes de tomar decisiones relacionado con los recursos que maneja, sean cual sean. "El ser humano no fue creado para poseer, sino para ser de posecion del Creador  "Este pueblo he creado para mi mis alabanzas publicará.....


27.09.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down ken_chan (0)
China

Thank you for alerting the reader about alternative avenues of giving. It is also a delight to see that there is an audit system, which insures that the money goes where it is supposed to go.


25.09.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Joseph_Murray (0)  
United States

I enjoyed most of the article and really appreciated the focus on rediscovering whole-life discipleship.


22.09.2010
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United States

I enjoyed most of the article and really appreciated the focus on rediscovering whole-life discipleship.


22.09.2010
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Joseph_Murray (0)  
United States

I enjoyed most of the article and really appreciated the focus on rediscovering whole-life discipleship.


22.09.2010
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United States

I enjoyed most of the article and really appreciated the focus on rediscovering whole-life discipleship.


22.09.2010
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