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)
Do you know someone that is a good example of Christian stewardship? Here are the qualifications and categories that our trustees consider for nomination of the fellowship.
Core Qualities for Each Model Nominee:
- Follower of Jesus Christ
- Whole-life Stewardship (time, talents, and treasures)
- Servant Heart
- Humble Spirit
- Sacrificial Attitude
- Marshall Fellow: Honors a faithful, mature minister or ministry couple that exhibit whole-life stewardship through professional Christian service. The award includes a $2000 grant for a ministry to be chosen by the fellow. This award is named in honor of Dr. John Marshall former pastor of Second Baptist Church in Springfield. Dr. Marshall has served his career as a model of pastoral integrity, encourager to ministers and a good Christian steward.
- Nelson Fellow: Honors a faithful, mature lay individual or couple that exhibit whole-life stewardship through Christian service. The award includes a $2000 grant for a ministry to be chosen by the fellow. This award is named after Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Nelson for their service to the local church, Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC. Dr. Nelson served as President of Missouri Baptist Foundation from 1962-1978.
- Next Generation Fellow: Honors a next generation young adult child, youth or young adult in the age range of 10-25. Nominees identify missional needs and actively respond to meet those needs through the gifts of their talents, time and/or treasures. The award includes a $1000 grant for a ministry to be chosen by the fellow.
Nominations for the 2019 class of Fellowship of Christian Stewards are being accepted through August 1, 2019. Nominators are welcome to make a nomination by using the online form. Hard copy nominations are also taken by mail. Print out the downloadable form and mail to MBF.