“You can’t lead others well until you lead yourself well.”

What comes to mind when you hear the word “stewardship”?

I bet one of the first things is money and how you manage it, but stewardship is about so much more than that. 

According to Merriam-Webster, “Stewardship” is defined as, “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.”

As a church leader, God has put a lot of responsibility in your care, both personally and pastorally. So how are you stewarding those responsibilities? 

On a personal level, how are you stewarding the people and resources God has placed in your care? On a pastoral level, how are you leading your church to become better stewards of the things God has put in their care? 

Simultaneously leading yourself in the area of stewardship while leading others well in the area of stewardship are no easy tasks, but if you want to be a healthy leader with a healthy church, you must do both.

So, where do you start? 

You start with yourself. Leaders cannot take others to a place they haven’t been themselves. Whether it’s being a healthy steward of your time by resting, prioritizing time with your family every week, intentionally developing the spiritual gifts God has given you, or diligently managing the financial resources placed in your care, you will not be able to lead others well until you first lead yourself well. 

One of our biggest desires is to help you live and lead well in the area of stewardship, so we sat down with one of our pastor friends, who leads exceptionally well in both, to ask him how he does it.

To hear more, check out Episode 1 of The Ship Podcast to hear Pastor Marty Schmidt's [The Bridge Church in Ottumwa, IA] insight on the topic of stewardship from both a personal and pastoral level and how to lead yourself WELL.