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4201 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203
Join the Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr., for a stewardship symposium on the gift of stewardship as the mission of the Church.
"We will consider stewardship as a gift that God gives the church because God desires for us more than we could ever ask or imagine. To make this point I will argue that stewardship is not about what we do with a little bit of our stuff but about what God gives us and what God wants us to do with what God gives us. Moreover, steward-ship is not simply something Christians do but is expressive of the very nature of what they are as Christian, as human. By extension, stewardship is not about giving to the church but the church giving itself away. Along the way, we will consider why Christians do not give more, the pathos of much contemporary stewardship, why we have what we have, our mission problem and edifice complex, and some of the chal-lenges associated with leading the church in giving itself away."
The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. is an independent scholar and adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC and Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. For seventeen years he served as Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. An ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, he is a graduate of Stetson University in Florida, and he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He writes and speaks on war and peace, the moral life, leadership, stewardship, and mission of the church today.
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