Stewardship is an all-encompassing response to the provision of God. It is not a means by which we control the gifts God has given us, but rather a process through which we participate in God’s work. This last two weeks have been a reminder of what God can do when we take seriously our role as stewards.
We aim at building good and faithful stewards with an intentional strategy and interactive content. This post unpacks the strategy and content, includes student comments, and shares how you can explore this material yourself as an individual, as a couple, or for your congregation.
Stewardship is an important part of organizational leadership at Sioux Falls Seminary. Financial, human, and physical resources are stewarded as we pursue the mission to which God has called us. Last week, we relaunched our stewardship report and and gave thanks for the life-changing impact of the Kairos Project.
Picture this . . . 107 students packed into the seminary chapel from different states and continents praising God for the opportunity to participate in what he is doing through the Kairos Project. This was the seventh Kairos intensive. Through his power and grace, our enrollment continues to rise.
As I meditate on the story of the birth of Jesus, I am impressed by the response of the shepherds. “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
We join our friends in the North American Baptsit Conference in mourning the loss of alumnus Dr. Jim Leverette (MDiv '81; DMin '96), who was serving as an NAB Regional Minister in Canada. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on December 29, at McKernan Baptist Church in Edmonton.
As one whose “love language” is giving gifts, I am continually confounded by the length of the customer service lines the day after Christmas. I believe that any gift one gives should absolutely fit the recipient. Those long lines are made up of individuals whose gifts did not “fit.” “Fit” refers to personality, size, wants, or needs.
I was a young mom, working full-time at Sioux Falls Seminary and trying to be the best mom, wife, employee, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, and Christian possible. The responsibility I felt to “do it right” was overwhelming me. I felt like I was going crazy. When I shared my feelings . . .
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had . . ."
As we begin Advent, we want to be praying for ourselves and others. We should focus our prayers in an ongoing way - daily and particularly throughout Advent. The focus of our praying is for "you." As my mother would say, “You know who you are!” We all have a list of individuals for whom we pray. We should remember them.