Is stewardship a discipline or a way of life? Well, the biblical answer is yes. One key to creating a culture of stewardship is to take a holistic approach. How can you craft this kind of your approach for your church? A great place to start is stewardshipcentral.org, where you’ll find insights from practitioners like Gunnar Johnson. He leads a stewardship ministry at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas that reaches over 3,500 people a year with more than 170 classes.
Johnson believes stewardship ministries are easy to run as long as you start with a little bit of guidance at the front end. He suggests 5 Steps to a Successful Stewardship Ministry, which are not unlike steps you’d take to launch any other ministry effort:
- Determine Vision
- Create a Mission
- Set Objectives
- Build a Strategy
- Lay Out a Plan
For the first step, determine vision, Johnson makes clear that a stewardship ministry doesn’t operate in a vacuum. “The vision of the stewardship ministry must tie into the church’s other ministries from the get-go,” he says, “That means the senior pastor and other key leaders should be involved in the discussion.”
The four objectives that Gateway set for their ministry are straightforward and biblically grounded: To create givers, to have Christ-centered stewards, for people to be biblically literate, and for people to be debt free. These objectives work together to build stewardship as a discipline and a way of life for those who go through the program.
Gateway uses Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University curriculum. To get started, you might want to check out Ramsey’s Momentum program. It’s designed to help you create a culture of biblical stewardship and generosity.