To Be Good Stewards: A Resource for the Church

Nicole Childress Ball, Church Relations Officer

Stewardship, at its root, is understood as an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. As people of faith, we might understand stewardship as a mutual relationship: between ourselves and God and between one another in community. With our gifts of time, talents, and resources of all types, we profess what it is that God has done and we trust what God will continue to do in our lives and in the life of the Church.

As Church Relations Officers, we strive to embody stewardship through our building of relationship with congregations on behalf of Union Presbyterian Seminary. We profess that God is working in amazing ways through Union Presbyterian Seminary; therefore, we work hard to bring you good tidings of great joy about the ways in which we see God at work!

Similarly, we believe God is continuing to work out in the community. Therefore, our role in visiting is multi-purposed: we strive to be good listeners to hear from churches as well as strive to be good stewards of the resources at the Seminary.

image1One resource we are proud to produce, annually, is the Sprunt Lecture series held each spring. The Sprunt Lectures began in 1911 through a generous gift by James Sprunt of Wilmington, NC, to bring speakers of outstanding quality to the seminary to discuss aspects of Christian thought and work.

These lecture are offered without charge and are open to all who seek to dive into theological matters which pertain to our current landscape as Christians!

This year, the Sprunt Lectures will be held May 9-11, 2016. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Baylor University, as well as the Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary. She will lecture on “Why We Need Paul’s Letter to the Romans…NOW”.

“The letters of the Apostle Paul, first written and read over two millennia ago, sometimes strike contemporary readers as hopelessly remote and abstract,” said Gaventa. “But these lectures will focus on their urgency for the real human beings of the 21st century as well as of the first century.”

Moreover, we welcome alum Rev. Gary W. Charles (D.Min.’80) as our Sprunt Preacher. Rev. Charles has served in pastorates in North Carolina and Virginia. He is currently pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga. In keeping with Dr. Gaventa’s focus on the apostle Paul’s writing, worship and preaching from Rev. Charles will center on Paul’s letter to the Romans.

It is our hope that you would consider sending a group or individuals from your congregation to worship and study alongside leaders and lay-folk alike over this three-day event held on the campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary and Ginter Park Presbyterian Church.

Registration for the event can be found here. Optional continental breakfasts will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday for cost.

All reservations and payments must be received by April 22nd, 2016! Register today!

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