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Consultation of World Communion of Reformed Churches Stewardship program held at CSI Synod centre from 27th Nov to 02nd Dec 2017
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017


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Participants Experience:

1. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says “Moreover It Is Required In Stewards That A Man Be Found Faithful”.

I Swadhika D J had been as a Steward in the consultation of world communion of Reformed churches that was held in CSI Synod Center (Chennai) from the date of 27 Nov – 2 Dec 2017.

Have worked as a volunteer in many conference .But as a steward for the first time in a global meet conference like WCRC. I had a great exposure and learnt a lot like.

  • Time management
  • Communicating with people
  • Arranging Stuffs in time
  • Learnt new songs in worship
  • Bible study was great
  • Learnt different way of understanding Bible
  • Topic like communion and human sexuality was new and huge. Personally learnt new things, was completely new one to me.
  •  Every theme and session gave a different view of analyzing the topic.
  • Group discussion and Activity gave a new idea which in help future events.
  • How Stewardship opportunity builds leaders for the church...

Stewardship basically “utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of his creation”

          Jesus the perfect steward gave up all he had and died to make us whole. He became a leader who served spurned earthly power and in doing so offers us a clear model to follow. Each of us is built by God to serve our friends, our family, our community our creator, our enemies and our natural world.

          People who serve as Stewards can demonstrate a lot of qualities that can position them to become leaders of the church. The qualities include: obedience, submissiveness, Responsibility, Ownership, Humble Accountability, Reward, Faithful and to please his master etc...As this are some admirable as a preceded candidate for church leadership. Jesus Christ humbled himself to serve, even to the point of washing the disciple’s feet (Philippians 2:1-11)

Which helps in building relationship with God, with Elders, leaders teaches us to work together and builds relationship with people in church, to solve or handle certain issues wisely.

Building our skills in the long run helping us become leaders with experience to serve and lead. In turn encouraging others be good stewards for the growth of the church.

  • Joy of being a steward …

Joy of being steward, through the gifts God has given me to glorify and honor him. Serving as a steward is not about me though there is a joy for me and for them as we serve; it is about honoring God and glorifying him.

Were in experienced the joy of serving in church, serving my brothers and sisters, neighbor. This is not done out of a mere sense of obligation but from a love that seeks to build up others.

Ultimately the joy of serving our God (We serve not for our own glory but to honor our lord)

Will update myself with all the things I learnt and share my experience to all my dear ones.

I thank God for giving me a great opportunity, Enjoyed and learnt a lot being as a steward, which has helped me to tune up my leadership skills and Special thanks to our Bishop Rt.Rev.Prasanna Kumar Samuel and Special thanks to our Moderator Most. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen and the Officers of the Synod for giving me great opportunity, and I thank each and every one who directly or indirectly helped me to complete my responsibility successfully.

“Stewardship Begins And Ends With The Understanding Of God’s Ownership”

Thank you …

- Swadhika

 

2. “If I Have But Enough For Myself And Family, I Am Steward Only For Myself And Them; If I Have More, I Am But A Steward Of That Abundance For Others.”

I thank God for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. As I Jijo Albert a young pastor and youth worker of CSI Malabar diocese, was so privileged being as a steward in the consultation of world communion of reformed churches that was held in CSI Synod center from 27 November to 2 December.

 

This was the first time that i am attending an international conference as a steward.

  • Being with the persons from all around the world was great experience and had a wider cultural exposure
  • Wide range of knowledge about topics like communion and human sexuality
  • Experience and views shared from different countries like Gana and South Africa totally changed my understanding.
  • Bible studies lead by different resource persons was theologically sound from an international perspective.
  • Group discussions after every study were so creative and resourceful. I got an understanding about different culture and lifestyle, and how they are reading bible from their cultural experiences.
  • Arranging everything in the right time was the great task for the steward, which made me more responsible.
  • Most important thing a leader should maintain is time management, this stewardship given me a chance to experience how can we maintain time punctuality even if is a tight schedule.
  • As a junior most pastor in my diocese was so privileged when i got a chance to lead the morning worship. This has strengthened me.

As a servant of the great steward Jesus Christ it is a great joy being as a steward and serving the people from all over the world who were trying for the unity of the churches.

A good steward must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, accountability, and humbleness and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine.

I believe this are some admirable qualities to a candidate for church leadership qualities which lead to a better understanding about how to serve people in need, so encourage my youth to being as stewards in different program, That will make them better person and  better leaders for the future.

 

I once again thank God for giving a wonderful experience in my life, and I thank my bishop Rt.Rev.Dr. Royce Manoj for suggesting my name.

Special thanks to our Moderator Most. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen and the Officers of the Synod for giving me this opportunity. I thank all the persons helped me directly and indirectly to complete my duty as a steward. 

“The Fear Of The Lord Helps Us Recognize Our Accountability To God For The Stewardship Of Leadership. It Motivates Us To Seek The Lord's Wisdom And Understanding In Difficult Situations. And It Challenges Us To Give Our All To The Lord By Serving Those We Lead With Love And Humility.”

Thank you…

- Jijo Albert