2 Huge Reasons I Started StewardshipDad

Have you ever wanted to do something meaningful with your life?

I have 4 kids and my brain jumps to the movie Robots with Mel Brooks and Ewan McGregor. Mel Brooks’ character, Mr. Bigweld, is known throughout the movie for his saying:

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While I’m not a pastor, a Bible scholar, a theologian, or anything else you might consider an expert in what the Bible says, I have seen a need in the Bible believing Christian community we call the church. I have seen two actually, and StewardshipDad is my answer to at least one if not both of those needs.

 

1. Stewardship Is Not Just About Money

I wonder. Have you ever brought up the topic “stewardship” with a friend, family member, or even a leader in the church?

In my journey of delivering quality content to you, I have asked a lot of people for input and information they might have about the topic.

You know what I found?

Probably 80-90% of the feedback I received was directed towards money or how someone might not need the information because they’re already debt free.

This bothered me. What does “they may already be debt free” have to do with being a good steward? Besides the obvious, of being intelligent enough to stay out or get out of debt, absolutely nothing. That’s a fraction of what stewardship really is.

Stewardship is about being a Biblical manager of God’s resources. Those resources might include:

  • Spiritual Life
  • Time
  • Finances
  • Family Life
  • Talents/Skills
  • Wisdom/Knowledge
  • Work Life
  • Attitude
  • Physical Health

This list can keep going if you think of the blessings God has provided in your life, you have the ability to manage it and be a good Biblical steward.

We have to remember being a good steward isn’t about just our money, it’s about everything we’ve been given in our lives, and sadly, that is something that is not taught or brought up enough in our churches. We may teach a few things that go hand-in-hand, but we need to get the message out there, it’s not just a “good thing” to manage these things, it’s Biblical!

 

2. Men Are Falling Out Of The Church

This one may be a little less evident as of right now because I haven’t written about it a lot yet, but it is coming I promise.

Here are just a few facts about men and church:
  • Over 70 percent of the boys who are being raised in church will abandon it during their teens and twenties. Many of these boys will never return.
  • More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and while five out of six call themselves Christians, only one out of six attend church on a given Sunday. The average man accepts the reality of Jesus Christ, but he fails to see any value in going to church.
  • Churches overseas report gender gaps of up to 9 women for every adult man in attendance.
  • Fewer than 10% of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry.

Now, you may be wondering why these facts are so important. Well, if God created men to be the head of the household behind Him, then we need to be good stewards of our spiritual lives and lead our house in Christ.

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. – 1 Corinthians 11:3

Here are a few reasons why church is good for men:
  • Churchgoers are more likely to be married and express a higher level of satisfaction with life. Church involvement is the most important predictor of marital stability and happiness.
  • Church involvement moves people out of poverty. It’s also correlated with less depression, more self-esteem and greater family and marital happiness.
  • Religious participation leads men to become more engaged husbands and fathers.
  • Teens with religious fathers are more likely to say they enjoy spending time with dad and that they admire him.
Men are also good for the church:
  • A study from Hartford Seminary found that the presence of involved men was statistically correlated with church growth, health, and harmony. Meanwhile, a lack of male participation is strongly associated with congregational decline.

 

 

So what are your thoughts? Have you ever thought about either of these topics?

We, men, can’t be successful in leading our families if we aren’t in line with God. We all need to know exactly how God wants us to manage the resources he’s provided us.

I believe we can all do this, but we have to study the Word of God. We have to talk with God, every day. We have to allow Him to guide us and lead our hearts. What’s He leading you to do today? Is he leading you to fill a need in your church or life?

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