By Ozzie Herlong, Director for Stewardship
Since stewardship is biblically grounded and the ability to listen to and interpret scripture with an ear for stewardship themes is an important competency for a well-formed steward leader, then an in-depth study of biblical views about money, wealth and possessions is a helpful resource.
In his new book Imagine a New Economy: Biblical Reflections on Money and Possessions (Volume 2) John D. Herman addresses numerous biblical themes that can be used in small groups (3 to 6 participants) for spiritual growth, with a stewardship team for a year-long study, or an educational series about stewardship, generosity, simplicity, or money. While Jesus talks mostly about the Kingdom of God, money and possessions is the second most frequent subject of Jesus’ teachings in the gospels. Herman provides a study guide on Jesus’ teachings and stewardship principles in 2nd Corinthians 8 and 9. It’s a resource that can be used with a senior high ministry focus on life goals and pursuits, or teaching about stewardship as it relates to giving to support congregational mission, or a Lenten bible study on the spiritual discipline of giving. This book is a useful and practical tool that can help individuals and congregations in living as followers of Jesus with all that God has entrusted to us.