How will the holidays be different for you and your family this year? Will family gatherings look different than usual? Will they happen at all? Will you be attending any holiday events?
Many will be facing a different holiday season this year than usual. Some will face more pressure than usual due to loss of jobs, or illness or even death within the family. Others will face less pressure because they won’t be running around as much as they usually do this time of year. Family gatherings, office Christmas parties, traditional outings – many of these will be cancelled or significantly impacted.
This is a great time to “get back to basics”. With many of the normal trappings of the season removed this year, we have a chance to focus on things like truly being thankful this Thanksgiving and the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. Just like churches have had opportunities to rethink ministry and refocus on their core mission, we now have a chance to engage with God in a more meaningful and deeper way.
What does all this have to do with stewardship? In the same way that we have an opportunity to refocus on the core meaning of the season, this is a great time to get back to basics in stewardship. Likely many in your congregation are in a somewhat unprecedented situation this year – a unique combination of celebration and hardship. That affects people in many ways, and one of those effects is financial.
In this newsletter, we’re going to get back to basics. We’ll look at gratitude as a foundational heart condition for Biblical stewardship. We’ll review the Five Financial Areas in light of this unique season. We’ll revisit Biblical wisdom in the areas of Earning, Giving, Saving, Spending, and Debt. We hope you’ll find some thoughts that will help you navigate this season and that you can pass along to others in your congregation.