| General Conference
|| Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 1986
Earning this honor meets a requirement for:
This Honor is a component of the Spiritual Growth and Ministries Master Award.
|Investiture Achievement requirements for VOYAGER Making Friends which require completion of Requirements #3, #5, and #6 of this Honor. The VOYAGER Advanced Ribbon requires completion of this Honor.|
1. Discover the Bible principles of stewardship by answering the following questions:
a. What does 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 say about the stewardship of the body?
|1 Corinthians 6:19,20 (World English Bible)|
|Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.|
b. What does Matthew 25:15 tell us about the stewardship of talents?
|Matthew 25:15 (World English Bible)|
|To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.|
c. What does Colossians 4:5 say about the stewardship of time?
|Colossians 4:5 (NIV)|
|Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.|
d. What does John 3:16 tell us about who owns the earth?
|John 3:16 (World English Bible)|
|For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.|
e. What does Psalms 24:1 tell us about who owns the earth?
|Psalms 24:1 (World English Bible)|
|The earth is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;
f. What does Genesis 1:26 say about who is the steward over the earth?
|Genesis 1:26 (World English Bible)|
|God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”|
g. What does Proverbs 3:9 say about who is always first?
|Proverbs 3:9 (World English Bible)|
|Honor Yahweh with your substance,|
h. How do we know that tithe means a tenth? Genesis 28:22
|Genesis 28:22 (NIV)|
|"And this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."|
i. Who does Leviticus 27:30 say the tithe belongs to?
|Leviticus 27:30 (World English Bible)|
|All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is Yahweh’s. It is holy to Yahweh.|
j. How does Malachi 3:8 say that God is robbed?
|Malachi 3:8 (World English Bible)|
|Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings.|
k. What does 1 Corinthians 9:13,14 say about the use of the tithe?
|1 Corinthians 9:13, 14 (World English Bible)|
|Don’t you know that those who serve around sacred things eat from the things of the temple, and those who wait on the altar have their portion with the altar? Even so the Lord ordained that those who proclaim the Good News should live from the Good News.|
l. How do we know that the tithe is different from offerings? Malachi 3:8
In this verse, tithes and offerings are referenced individually. See the reference in section i for the text.
m. What does 1 Corinthians 16:2 say about how we are to give our offerings?
|1 Corinthians 16:2 (World English Bible)|
|On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.|
n. What does Matthew 6:20 say about where to keep our treasures?
|Matthew 6:20 (World English Bible)|
|But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;|
o. What does 2 Corinthians 9:7 say about our attitude in giving?
|2 Corinthians 9:7 (World English Bible)|
|Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.|
p. What promised blessing is given in Malachi 3:10?
|Malachi 3:10 (World English Bible)|
|Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for.|
2. Read and discuss with your counselor or pastor the following: Section IV (pp. 111 to 130); paragraph 1 and 2, p. 14; and paragraph 1, p. 66 of Counsels on Stewardship written by Ellen G. White.
This book is available on the Internet, though not with a direct link. Go to https://egwwritings.org/ and look for a "Books" in the left pane. Then select "Counsels on Stewardship."
You can also purchase the book from http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=&q=Counsels+on+Stewardship
3. Learn what is done with the tithe in your local church, your local conference, your union, and the General Conference.
This working policy, published by the General Conference describes how tithe may and may not be used by the local churches, local conferences, unions, divisions, and the General Conference itself. It would be good for you as the instructor to download and read it in its entirety, but a short summary is provided below.
Tithe is to be collected by the local churches, and all of it is to be forwarded to the local conference. Local churches are under no circumstances to retain any portion of the tithe. Local conferences in turn take a portion of the tithe for the uses listed below, and forward the remainder to the union. The union does the same, forwarding the remainder to the division, and the division forwards the remainder to the GC.
- Support of Pastors, Evangelists, Ministers
- World Missions
- Soul-winning Support Personnel
- Conference/Mission Operating Expense
- Literature Evangelist Benefit Fund
- Subsidies for Specified Activities (such as youth evangelism camps)
- Evangelistic and Conference/Mission Office Equipment
- Bible/Religion Teaching and Support Personnel in Schools
- Retired Employees
- Capital Expenditures for Buildings and Churches
- Equipment (other than for conference/mission use)
- Local Church Operating Expense
- School Operating Expense
4. From your pastor, church treasurer, or elder learn about your church budget, what finances your church must meet and the purpose of each item listed on your church tithe and offering envelope.
Ask for this information well ahead of time so that the pastor, treasurer, or elder does not have to scramble to gather the information for you. Adventist churches generally have a budget which is approved by the local church in business session. If a copy of the budget is not handy, this information can also be gleaned from a finance report presented by the church treasurer during regular church board meetings.
5. Keep a chart on how you spend your time for one weekend and one week day. In this chart make a list of how much time you spend in the following areas:
a. Work for pay
b. Family time
c. Personal devotions
d. Public worship
e. Family worship
f. Fun things
k. Personal needs
l. Class time
m. School study
o. Music lesson
p. Music practice
q. Home chores
For each of the three days be sure your time adds up to 24 hours. After completing the chart, discuss with your pastor or counselor your responsibility in the stewardship of your time.
If you find yourself spending time on things that do not fall in the categories above (such as the Internet), make an additional category. The discussion aspect of this requirement can be met by having a group discussion with the honor instructor. Encourage all to participate.
6. Do one of the following:
a. If you have an income-producing job or an allowance, make a list of how you spend your money for one month.
b. If you are not in the category above, make a list of how you would spend an income of $50 a month in the following categories:
(3) Eating out
(5) Personal items (toiletries)
(6) School supplies
(7) Tithe and offerings
From your list determine what percentage of your total income is spent on each item. After completing the chart and percentages, discuss with your pastor or counselor the advantages of a budget and how to stay within a budget.
The advantage of a budget is that it allows you to think objectively about your priorities and record them. It is difficult to be objective in the store when you're looking at the latest electronic "must have" gadget. Budgeting helps to control impulse buying, and if the budget is followed, it ensures that your spending is in line with your priorities. It also helps avoid the problem of running out of money before payday, because you know ahead of time how much to keep back for essential items (such as food and gas).
When making a budget, the essential expenses (including tithe!) are dealt with first. Be sure to include money for expenses that occur on a larger time scale than the budget period. Examples include income taxes and insurance payments. These are often due annually or semi-annually, but you should set aside money every month for them so that when they are due, you don't have to take money out of the budget elsewhere to cover them.
After the essentials are taken care of, discretionary spending can be added. It's also a good idea to budget for savings and investments.
After making out a new budget and trying to live with it for a month or two, it may become apparent that you forgot to budget for something. If this happens, adjust the budget (but do it in writing!) Do not adjust the budget on the fly (especially when you are in a store considering a purchase). The key to sticking to a budget is resisting purchases that are not on the budget. If you see something you've "got" to have, and it's not in the budget, stop! Don't buy it! Save your money for it, and buy it only after you have the money in hand.
Many Christians find it easier to stick to a budget if they have made it a subject of daily prayer.
7. From the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White determine what instruction has been given concerning the variety and use of God-given talents.
The material presented in requirements one and two summarize this topic very well.
8. List three talents or skills that you have, such as building things, mechanics, gardening, painting or drawing, writing, speaking, music, teaching, sewing, etc. Choose one of these three talents and do a project to help develop your talent further. Your project must follow these guidelines:
If none of the examples listed in this requirement inspire your group, take a look at all the other honors available for Pathfinders to earn. All honors are intended to develop some skill or knowledge that can be used to benefit others. Look especially in the Arts and Crafts, Outreach, Outdoor Industries, and Vocational categories.
a. The project is to be a benefit or outreach to others.
This precludes club fund raisers, unless the point of the funds raised are to go to a humanitarian cause (such as a mission trip, or disaster relief). Fund raisers for a new club trailer or camping equipment do not qualify.
b. The project is to be a new endeavor not previously accomplished.
One interpretation of this requirement is that the Pathfinder is not to try to count something that has already been done. Another is that the activity be something new to the Pathfinder - something that he or she has never done before. The program can, however, be something that you were already planning to do.
c. Spend at least five hours in the planning and implementation of the project.
Five hours seems scary at first, but if you look at the things you have done in the past, you will find that there are several fun activities that take more than five hours. Remind your Pathfinders of this. Our club recently earned the cake decorating honor during a lock-in. We stayed up well past midnight decorating more cakes than we would be able to eat ourselves in two weeks, and we did this all in one night. The next morning we delivered the cakes to a shelter, where they were gratefully received.
d. Present a written or oral report to your counselor about your project.
This presentation could be part of the opening exercises of a regular club meeting, or it can be presented to the instructor. It should be done after the activity has been completed.
For more project ideas, see the Adventurer for Christ, Personal Evangelism, and Bible Evangelism honors. There is nothing that says you can't use the activity to count for the requirements of more than one honor or AY activity. For instance, the Voyager curriculum requires that a party for the handicapped by planned and executed. This would be a perfect way to meet the requirement of this honor, one (or more) of the others listed here, and the AY requirement as well.