Why this Certification is Important
We were created to be stewards. God made us rulers or managers over all of His creation (Gen. 1:28). We forfeited that role when we sinned, but, through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have been reinstated as managers of His world. Stewardship is the Christian life in action. As leaders, we must learn, understand, and teach these universal principles so that all God’s people can deepen their relationship with God, live in obedience, and experience the joy of faithful stewardship.
Guidelines for this Certification
This webpage gives the requirements for completing the certification. It will be the responsibility of each person to report to the NAD Stewardship Ministries office his or her completed requirements (including dates). When the requirements are completed, the individual will receive a certificate and will be listed as a resource person in the division.
All five levels are required for conference stewardship directors pursuing this certification. Local church stewardship directors (and other church members) may choose to be certified in one or all levels.
Recommended Reading List
- Counsels on Stewardship by Ellen G. White (required)
- Steps To Christ by Ellen G. White (required)
- The Sanctified Life by Ellen G. White (required)
- A Biblical Theology of Material Possessions by Gene Getz
- Mammon by John Harris
- Not Your Parents Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher
- The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
- Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn
- Passing the Plate by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson
- Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
- The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
- Stewards in the Kingdom by R. Scott Rodin
- God and Your Stuff by Wesley K. Willmer and Martyn Smith
- Stewardship Study Bible (NIV)
- The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber
- The Sound Mind Investing Handbook by Austin Pryor
- Tithing in the New Testament by Dr. Ángel Rodríguez
- Tithing in the Writings of Ellen G. White by Dr. Ángel Rodríguez
- General Conference Tithe Guidelines
- In Search of the Storehouse by G. Edward Reid
- Complete the five levels of Stewardship Certification videos on the Adventist Learning Community
- Create five original presentations:†
PowerPoint Presentation – Friday Night
Sermon or PowerPoint – Sabbath Church
PowerPoint Presentation – Sabbath Afternoon
PowerPoint Presentation – Sabbath Vespers
PowerPoint Presentation – Sunday Morning
- Conduct a minimum of three stewardship weekends in local churches using your original presentations.
- Conduct Counsels on Stewardship* Seminar (four presentations)
- Conduct a Steps to Christ* seminar (four presentations)
- Lead out in The Sanctified Life Seminar* (four presentations)
- Conduct a financial management seminar (at least six sessions)
- Submit in writing a 3-year stewardship plan (conference leader)
- Submit in writing a 2-year stewardship plan (local church leader)
- Certification must be completed within two years. If not completed within that time frame, applications must be resubmitted.
†Faith and Finance PowerPoints or anyone else’s slides cannot be used.
*PowerPoints available at nadstewardship.org. You can obtain the books from adventistbookcenter.com. To download student guides, go to whiteestate.org/guides/studies.asp.