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Prayer - For Wise use of Talents

Almighty God, you have blessed each of us with unique gifts, and have called us into specific occupations, relationships, and activities using those gifts.  Enable us to use our talents to witness to our faith in you and to communicate your love to the people we meet each day.  Empower us to be ministers of reconciliation, love, hope, and justice.  Keep us steadfast in our commitment to serve actively in your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

(Occasional Services, Augsburg, 1982, p. 148)


Gift of Talent - Christian stewardship is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.  Discerning and carrying out God's purpose is the primary purpose of our lives.  The primary role of the church is to guide individuals in discernment of the mission for their lives and the use of their resources in accomplishing it.  Do you hear a call to be truer to your Christian beliefs?


Discerning the Mission for your life

Stewardship teaches that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God.  We are, therefore, stewards of God's gifts during our lifetime.  Discerning and carrying out God's purpose is the primary purpose of our lives.  The gifts we have been given, time, talent, and money, are to be used for that purpose.  The primary role of the church is to guide individuals in discernment of the mission for their lives and the use of their resources in accomplishing it.

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Key Elements

  • The primary objective of the organization (church) is to bring people into a closer relationship with God.  Strengthening relationships with individuals is an important part of this but the goal is always to create an environment in which the relationship with God is strengthened.
  • The key strategy is to encourage individuals to discern the gifts God has given them and the work God is calling them to do. God is the source of the mission and the money. Both are gifts over which the giver exercises faithful stewardship.
  • Giving is taught as a significant spiritual practice.  The Church encourages giving by providing a variety of opportunities to give.  Giving is also seen as a joyful response to God's generosity to us.
  • Recognition is seen as a means of witness.  The goal of recognition programs is to provide givers with an opportunity to express their faith and encourage others.


At the heart of the ministry of each faith community is assisting people to discover the unique gifts embedded in them by the Creator -- gifts that allow them to respond to God's call to serve as partners in living out the dream of the Reign of God in the world.

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