Stewardship in the Home
Being a good steward is an important tool in holistic faith formation. Stewardship, like patience and sharing, is taught through experience. This page is to help children be financial stewards at home.
Financial Stewardship in the Home
Many leaders and church members are afraid to talk about money because they were not taught how to talk about it as children. The fact is that churches need money to provide the resources needed to do the ministries God has called that church to do.
With children, it is not about the amount of money they give to the church, but learning the act of finanical giving and celebrating their efforts toward important ministry.
1. Make a Goal.
Fill out a pledge card. If a child is able to give $1.00 a week for the year, then make the pledge card out for $52.00. (Just think, 10 kids could give $520.00 to the church!)
2. Make sure the child has a place at home to save their money for the church.
I know several families who have jars or piggy banks for their children. If a child makes $5.00 a week in allowance, that child will put $1.00 in their church jar, $1.00 in their savings jar, $1.00 in their gift/charity jar, and $2.00 in their "free" money jar.
3. Make sure your child has a place in the church to put their money.
Do not let your church overlook a child's giving. Special envelopes or special times to collect the money help encourage a child to give.
4. Talk about what that money does for the church.
Let a kid know about the ministries. Help remind a child about ways that money also blesses his or her family.
When the money is collected and given, have a celebration.
This is a great resource already gathered to assist in helping find ways to enable children and families in stewardship.
by Carol A. Wehrheim
Expert strategies to set your children up for financial success by Brigitt Hauck
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This page was last updated by OU 8/14