Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship
- The Principle of Ownership — "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" (Psalm 24:1). ...This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
- The Principle of Responsibility — We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes.
- The Principle of Accountability — Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.
- The Principle of Reward — "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24). "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!" (Matthew 25:21).
Adapted from Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
We at Greenville Seminary recognize that we must be the good stewards of the gifts which God's people, in their own acts of stewardship, have given to us. With God's help, we seek to be efficient, faithful and productive servants in the use of those gifts to meet our mission of providing Christ's church with faithful shepherds and stewards of God's Word. We provide these monthly reports in furtherance of the principle of accountability, disclosing how all that we receive is accounted for. We trust that our reward is knowing that what we do brings glory to God alone. We thank you for being our partners to that end.
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The tables below indicate our general operating fund financial situation as of the end of July 2016 and the first month of the 2016-17 fiscal year. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches ($24,450) and individuals ($21,242) during July totaled $45,692, which was $26,850 below the $72,542 budgeted for such income. Expenses of $94,961 in July were $5,700 below the $100,661 budgeted for expenses.
GENERAL OPERATING FUND – JULY 2016
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GENERAL OPERATING FUND – FISCAL YEAR 2016-17
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