The 21st Century Steward: Servant, Partner, Superhero

Date(s) - 05/04/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Rush Creek Christian Church


The 21st Century Steward: Servant, Partner, Superhero
Fourth James R. Reed Seminar on Christian Stewardship
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Rush Creek Christian Church, Arlington
Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, IN

Is the steward simply an obedient slave or is s/he a super hero acting as an agent of the Realm? Is the holistic practice of stewardship a way to restore the church and transform the world? Can the proper understanding of stewardship be a pathway to reconciliation and the establishment of true community? That seems like a tall order for an act we usually associate with little more than the morning offering and the drudgery of balancing the church budget! However, the biblical understanding of stewardship impacts every aspect of our lives, defines our relationships, and addresses the urgency of the Gospel message. The television series Heroes said: “Save the cheerleader, save the world.” Perhaps it could have been stated “Be a steward, save the world!” Can you be the one?

Bruce A. Barkhauer was called as the first “Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” in 2010, after 25 years of parish ministry. Since that time he has engaged the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship. His energy, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit enhance gifts in both business and ministry. He brings a biblically based understanding about stewardship combined with theological integrity and weds them to the current trends and best practices related to spirituality and money. He is the author of numerous articles, and most recently a book of devotions entitled Community of Prayer (2016). He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens), Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis), and did Doctor of Ministry studies at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH). He is married to Laura and they share three grown children and three grandchildren.