Over the last several months we have looked at a new framework for thinking about stewardship here at Trinity and in our personal lives as well. We’ve used Eric Law’s stimulating and challenging book Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries as a guide to help us assess our strength and weaknesses in each area and to consider ways to be better stewards of all that God has provided for us.
Often we think of money as being the most important currency for a church. Our yearly stewardship campaigns focus on pledges and income. However, author Eric Law helps us to understand that there are actually 6 currencies which are available and as good and faithful stewards, we need to use all of them. In addition, Eric challenges us to not only consider a financial pledge but to consider pledging annually in each of these holy currencies. What might that look like and what difference might it make for us as a parish? What are you willing to commit to or pledge additionally in this coming year?
Time and place –Are we willing to offer our time to participate in ministry needs and services here at Trinity and beyond? Are we fully utilizing our property and assets? Should we be doing more?
Relationships – What am I doing to build relationships and reach out to others so as to build genuine community in which we can all spiritually thrive?
Gracious leadership – Am I willing to learn and grow in my ministry gifts and skills so as to be more effective in influencing and helping others towards God’s purposes for them?
Truth – Are we listening carefully to God and our context? Are we open to feedback and input so as to be aware of problems or needs and then to acts responsibly?
Wellness – Am I willing to participate in efforts to help create wellness for our members and others in the community? Should I be doing more?
Money – Am I willing to give generously and faithfully to support God’s work through Trinity? Is my giving truly proportionate to what God has graciously provided me?
We see many Episcopal churches running into financial trouble or not growing because of a lack of awareness of all six of these currencies and how they can be exchanged to advance vital ministries and God’s Kingdom purposes through us. It is the flowing of these currencies that gives them value. It is the dynamic exchanges of these currencies that circulates and regenerates resources making a ministry such as ours sustainable and missional.
God is calling us as a fellowship of believers at Trinity to an even great generosity so that we can see God’s mission through us truly fulfilled. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:6-8).