The main objective of stewardship is for members to understand and commit to the biblical concepts of stewardship. This requires education and is part of a leader’s responsibility. Below is the fundamental belief Adventists start with in understanding stewardship. This is what we are to teach.
Fundamental Belief #21
“We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellowmen, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness.”
(Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Hag. 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; Matt. 23:23; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Rom. 15:26,27.)
Reprinted from Seventh-day Adventists Believe...A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines (Review&Herald, 2005 ed.)