Teaching Children and Teens to be Good Stewards
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Stewardship is a way of life for Christians. It enriches our lives at any age and should be a way of life for all of us. As parents, teachers and pastors, we should reinforce often that God is the source of all that exists. He created everything and He owns all things. God is also our model for being generous and faithful.
Experts tell us that children form their attitudes about sharing sometime between the ages of 5 and 9. They may develop an entitlement attitude of “The world owes me” or “I don’t have enough.” With our prayerful help, they will develop a stewardship attitude of “I have been so blessed” and “I have much to share.” As we help them count their blessings, they will have more peace and contentment with all that God has given.
As you talk to children and teen-agers about the Archbishop Duncan Legacy Fund:
- Use scriptural texts and prayers to reinforce the Bible’s teachings on gift-giving. Ask children and teens to write their own prayers and to write or draw pictures about their favorite stories from the Bible about gift-giving.
- Explain that the definition of “Legacy” is “something that was left behind by family.” As he retires, Archbishop should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 Stewardship is a way of life for Christians. It enriches our lives at any age and should be a way of life for all of us. As parents, teachers and pastors, we should reinforce often that God is the source of all that exists. He created everything and He owns all things. God is also our model for being generous and faithful. As he retires, Archbishop Duncan leaves behind a strong foundation, built on the Word of God, on which all of us of all ages can build. Ask them to write stories or poems or to draw pictures about the Legacy that the Archbishop is leaving.
- Ask them to make a list of things that they know that God has given them and over which they should show good stewardship. Guide them so they will understand that all things come from God and that He has blessed them abundantly. Ask what they have to share.
- Ask teens and young adults to use traditional or social media to:
- Share their thoughts about Archbishop Duncan’s Legacy.
- Show their gratitude to God for their many blessings.
- Celebrate past gifts that have been given to their Congregation and/or their Clergy.
- Indicate what they have been given by God that they can share for the benefit of Clergy and Congregations through the Archbishop Duncan Legacy Fund.
Encourage parents to discuss their gifts to the Archbishop Duncan Legacy Fund with their children and teenagers.
Consider having an ingathering of gifts from children and teenagers sometime this summer. Collect the gifts at a special time agreed upon by leaders of your parish. Young people of all ages have much to give! You will be setting them on a life-long journey of giving and sharing. An ingathering could be a very special time in the life of the Congregation.
As individuals, families, classes or groups within your parish implement any of these stewardship-related suggestions, please send us photos or information about your successes in teaching about stewardship. Send them to Ian Mikrut at mikrut@ pitanglican.org. We would love to post items on the website as an inspiration to others! Enjoy your teaching and sharing. And remember: God loves a cheerful giver. So smile and be grateful as you give!