What does Stewardship mean at
Black Forest Lutheran Church?

As each one has received a special gift,
employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10
I have held many things in my hand, and have lost them all;
but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.
Martin Luther

We believe we are Stewards of God’s Influence

Those who follow Jesus have influence. Every day, you and I influence someone whether we are aware of it or not. Influencers refuse to leave the world (church/people) the way they found it. They have a burning desire and commitment to connect with others on a deeper level. It is influence that builds legacy in Christ’s Church from one generation to the next. And each of us must keep growing personally in order to keep influencing. So, how we spend our time, how we use our talents and skills, and how we spend our money all work together to form a testimony of faith that spills over into the world. Each day, God gives us countless opportunities to make a positive influence in the lives of all people inside and outside the church.

Being Stewards of God’s Influence produces a culture of generosity. Influencers are grateful for God’s influence in their lives, and as a result, become gracious and generous givers. At the heart of all influence emerges one question: am I a “giver” or a “keeper” with my time, talents, treasure and testimony? We move away from the myth that stewardship’s only focus is money and fundraising. Stewardship is more. In fact, stewardship touches every aspect of life and ministry. It is actually one of the marks of true discipleship. To be a steward of God’s influence means we have an opportunity to help each other succeed in the mission of Jesus Christ — the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  

About 83% of our members participate, support, and reach out locally to places like the Marian House Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and Mosaic. In addition BFLC supports missions like Cristo Rey church in El Paso, La Puente in Alamosa and globally to the missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Black Forest Lutheran Church has long been known for service. As a family we know that all we have is a gift from our Savior. It is our joy to be good stewards of God’s Influence.


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