In the coming weeks, we will begin our 2019 Stewardship Campaign at Westminster. What do you think about when these campaigns come up each year? At some time during your life, maybe you’ve thought about them primarily in the context of bills and budgets; I’ll admit I have. But, stewardship begins with the recognition that all we have belongs to God. As set out in the opening verses of Psalm 24,
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.
What we have in our lifetime is entrusted to us, as stewards, by God. Stewardship is using those gifts to do God’s work in the world, to love God and our neighbors. In short, stewardship is a spiritual practice. Over the next few weeks, we will learn more about how our financial generosity supports God’s work and extends love to our neighbors through the many vibrant and expanding ministries at Westminster (to say, “There’s a lot going on here” is a vast understatement!). These ministries will continue to grow in 2019 and beyond as we call a new Associate Pastor to guide our work in social justice and our University mission.
In the coming weeks, let us reflect on the abundance God has entrusted to our care and prayerfully discern how we can use these resources to love God and our neighbors.
-Jim Cauthen, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee