Thursday, May 08, 2008
Each spring, the church I serve has its annual stewardship campaign. I just finished sending the pledge cards (and letter explaining the basic tenets and concepts of stewardship) to our youth. I’m a little late sending the letter this year; and I was pleased to hear several youth asking when their pledge cards would arrive. I don’t know if other churches have their youth pledge as well? We encourage youth to make a pledge to the church once they have been baptized and become members (this usually begins in fifth grade).
Writing the letter, encouraged me to think about how we discuss the issue of money, tithing, and stewardship with our youth. We try to convey the idea that everything we have (money, homes, family, the earth) belongs to God. We are caretakers of everything that God has created.
While the youth I serve have always more or less agreed with this concept, it seems extremely difficult to put such actions into praxis. The idea of sharing our wealth and possessions is definitely a counter-culture idea. So, how can we help our youth follow the teachings of Jesus and learn to share all that they have? Looking back, I wish I had learned the idea of stewardship a long time ago. I truly believe it changes the ways in which you understand life.
Anyone else doing something similar with their youth?