Welcome to the Pig Pen!
Stewardship for Today
"The word'"steward' comes from the Anglo-Saxon term 'sty warden,' the person who took care of the pig sty!" - Make it Simple, ELCA Stewardship Resource
Welcome to the Pig Pen! I invite you to join me and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Stewardship Team in stepping into the mess of the everyday. Come on into the pig pen and let's figure out how to care for the parts of life that matter the most. This is about exploring the joys and challenges of running our lives as if they mattered to Jesus (which, in fact, they do!)
"Why pig pen?" you ask. Well, I think it is a good description of the world we are living in (and it reminds me of my mom describing my bedroom growing up.) Stewardship means cleaning up our "rooms" and managing the chaos. You and I have so many different parts of our lives to manage-home and household, families, friendships, work, projects, congregation life, and our selves (body, mind and spirit.)
Jesus invites you and me to manage all these parts in a way that is pleasing to God. Stewardship is organizing all the stuff of our lives with Jesus at the center. Being a steward means recognizing that God has entrusted you with the work of managing what is your to manage. God is the owner, you and I are managers (stewards.)
So here we are, managers of the pig pens in our lives-sty wardens of God's world.
Welcome to the pig pen!
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
How do we respond to God’s call to serve and love our neighbors? We faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Although some think of stewardship as only a financial response to God’s love, stewardship encompasses so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.