What is stewardship? What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word stewardship? Budgets and spreadsheets? Money? Pledge cards? A grateful response to God? What about love?
For many congregations of the ELCA, stewardship means "the church asking for money" or it means nothing at all. More often than not annual stewardship drives have focused more on the needs of the congregation to receive rather than on the need of the giver to give.
Stewardship encompasses so much more than money. It is a way of life, a way of faithful living. It calls for an integration between our faith and the way we live our lives. Lakeside Community Lutheran is a church that is energized by lovely engagement in our faith and life.
Stewardship is a mindset, a culture and discipline that can never be contained in one Stewardship Sunday. According to Clarence Stoughton, former president of Wittenburg University, stewardship is everything we do after we say "I believe." It is the way in which we use all of the resources that God has entrusted to our care so we can love God and our neighbor. Stewardship is about love.