The Missouri Baptist Foundation Board of Trustees established the Fellowship of Christian Stewards in 2001. The trustees wanted to present examples of Christian stewardship. Individuals who exhibit transformed lives through whole-life stewardship (talents, time and treasures) are nominated as models to challenge the Christian community. Those selected for the Fellowship of Christian Stewards encourage others to follow their example. The Apostle Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Stewardship is a sign of Christian obedience and maturity. Christians need to honor and obey God through giving their talents, time, energy and finances. Giving is part of the whole-life transformation of a person to reflect Christ. Christians are encouraged when they see fellow believers honor God with their lives.
Core Qualities for Each Model Nominee:
- Follower of Jesus Christ
- Whole-life Stewardship (time, talents, and treasures)
- Servant Heart
- Humble Spirit
- Sacrificial Attitude
- Nelson Fellow: A faithful, mature individual that exhibits whole-life stewardship through many years of Christian service.
- Charitable Giving: An individual or couple that consistently models generous, sacrificial giving from the treasures God has entrusted – whether great or small.
- Estate Stewardship: An individual or couple that plan wisely to provide for missions and ministry through estate gifts (such as, wills, trusts, charitable gift annuities and other forms of legacy gifts).
- Vocational Achievement: An individual honoring God through significant contributions in his/her vocational career.
- Ministry Achievement: Individual(s) that identify community or mission needs and actively responds to meet those needs through the gifts of their talents, time and/or treasures.
- Emerging Leader: Next generation young adult (ages 18-29) modeling whole-life stewardship through missions or ministry.
- Junior Achievement: An elementary, middle or high school child(ren) modeling whole-life stewardship through missions or ministry.
Nominations for the 2017 Fellowship of Christian Stewards are now open.
Nominate by Mail:
Download a PDF of the nomination form.
The 2016 Fellowship of Christian Stewards:
- Nelson Fellow – Virgil (posthumous) & Norma Houston
- Estate Stewardship – Floye Bell (posthumous)
- Charitable Giving – Joe Privott
- Vocational Achievement – Richard Olson
- Ministry Achievement – Rev. Lewis & Mabel Rogers
- Ministry Achievement – Cynthia Saddler
- Junior Achievement – Ryan Paris