I have two friends who, in different cities, lead intentional communities: persons who live under one roof, share space, share income, and try to minister in their neighborhood. They do this because they understand all things as a gift from God. They do this because they are trying to live in solidarity with their neighbors who are poor or homeless.
The early chapters of the New Testament book of Acts tell us of a similar community, with some episodes (Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 4–5) that seem pretty harsh to us. However, we do not find this pattern of Christian life in the rest of the New Testament. But such communities, both in the first century and now, remind us that we are responsible, as stewards, to be faithful, to use well all that we have, including money.
The life of the small congregation my wife and I are part of has some examples of this. Families share childcare. Someone has a pickup that is always available for moves and errands. Some people get rides to medical appointments. Persons can get financial help for emergencies. An immigrant family is helped to settle.
• How do I live out faithfulness in all things?
• How does my congregation live out faithfulness in all things?
• How do I live out faithfulness with the money of which I am steward?
This stewardship story is from the "Found Faithful" Companion Resource, which is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2. Use Giving magazine and theme materials to create a congregational stewardship emphasis on "Found Faithful". The Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers congregational stewardship resources featuring 16 different, timeless biblical themes. Peruse them all and place an order in the ESC web store.