Stewardship is not just about money but about using well all that God provides us. Eric Law in his book “Holy Currencies” 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 both to be sustainable and missional as a church. Let’s take a closer look at these currencies and see how they can help Trinity fulfill its mission and calling.
So many churches think that they are poor because they do not have a large endowment fund or abundant pledged income. However, volunteer time is a valuable and important currency. Without the offer of time, not much can happen.
Often one of the first responses from parish members is that they do not have the time to invest in church-related ministries that might be proposed. The fact is, most of us have more time than we think we have. If we compare the amount of time we give to watching TV, playing games on the computer or fiddling with our phones, it’s surprising how much is actually available.
Each of us needs to frequently assess how much time we pledge to Trinity as well as money to see God’s purposes furthered.
Likewise, the currency of place is a crucial gift from God that needs to be stewarded well. Both the property and physical assets of Trinity are an invaluable currency that enable vital ministries to take place that can build relationships, create wellness both within our church and community that help us to maximally fulfill our mission.
If a church facility is only used a few hours a week for worship and meetings and is locked for the rest of the week, that church is not maximizing its currency of place. How then can we utilize our facilities to be more relevant to the community?
Eric Law suggests that we seek creative uses of our property to bring members of the community to our place. Using church space for art shows, theater events, community forums, support groups, community gardens, farmer’s markets etc. can connect people to what God is offering them.
Churches are only poor when they do not fully utilize effectively their properties to serve the community as well as the congregation. For example, one church offered their church parking lot for a weekly Food Truck Frenzy. The church created a nice picnic area for people to eat and interact. The food truck owners donate 10% of their proceeds to the church. Members of the church spend time at the Food Truck Frenzy to meet people and listen to them. Trust is being built and truth about the needs and concerns of the community are discovered.
How much more might we be able to utilize our facilities to make Trinity truly relevant to the community and serve its needs?