By Rev. Dr. Joshua Brockway, Ph.D.
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This course begins with defining what we mean when we say we are disciples of Jesus and citizens of the Kingdom of God. This model of discipleship, then, sets our way of life in the context of scripture and worship. From there, we will explore the scriptural and theological accounts of God’s economy, thus putting our practices of stewardship within the frame of sufficiency. For God’s creation and providence gives us all that we need, and from the surplus we can share with those who have a greater need. Our commitment to follow Jesus transforms both how we understand the world and live within it. Stewardship, then, is the constellation of our practices with time, talent, and treasure according to the principles of the Kingdom of God.
The price of the course makes it available to individual people or groups of clergy, lay leaders, and congregants of churches in small study groups.
We have endeavored to make this course as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many people as possible. Our goal is foster a broad understanding of relational stewardship.
We offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate. Group discounts are also available for study groups of three or more.
The course is composed of six online audio-graphic lectures delivered as high-quality video-on-demand lectures PLUS three one-hour live conference calls.
In this course, each student will prepare a 20-30-minute multimedia presentation designed for their local congregation. Using images, text, video, or audio each student will present the concepts covered in the lectures and discussions for a lay audience. Along with the presentation, each student will prepare an outline for a Sunday school or Bible study that will include questions and activities to facilitate conversation.
This a distance-learning course that can be completed online without the need for travel; either across town or to another city. The course can be taken from home, office or even a coffee shop. All you need is a web browser and a broadband Internet connection. The course can be successfully used by people with only the most basic of computer skills.
We're happy to announce that “Relational Stewardship” students can earn 0.5 continuing-education-unit credits (CEUs) for their participation in this course. CEUs will be administered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. The Academy facilitates CEUs for the Church of the Brethren and other organizations.
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Rev. Dr. Joshua Brockway serves the Church of the Brethren as denominational staff for spiritual life and discipleship. His work includes oversight of a network of over 60 spiritual directors and polity related to congregational ethics. He also prepares resources and lead workshops on stewardship, spiritual practices, Brethren identity, and worship. Joshua earned his Master of Arts in Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary, his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and PhD in Early Church History from The Catholic University of America. He lives in Elgin Illinois with his wife and four children.
Brought to you by Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org, “JB-01 - Theological Principles of Stewardship” is the third in a series titled "Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission" consisting of a total of six courses. Students enrolled in the series will learn principles and practices relating to stewardship and leadership through studying Scripture, exploring holistic perspectives, critiquing culture, developing healthy relationships, and achieving financial health.
As a Network for Growing Stewards, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center provides resources that encourage the development of generous giving and faithful stewardship as transformational spiritual practices for faith communities and their leaders. Twenty denominations and several stewardship-related organizations in the US and Canada are partners in ESC's mission and ministry. You can find them on the ESC website at www.stewardshipresources.org.
TransformingTheChurch.org is a state-of-the-art online resource that provides high-quality distance education for churches and congregations; both clergy and laity. For additional information about TransformingTheChurch.org, see: https://www.transformingthechurch.org/who-we-are