4 Ways to Teach Stewardship to the Next Generation
One of the greatest gifts you can share with your loved ones is a godly perspective on money and generosity. After all, there is great freedom and joy in handling finances God’s way.
But how exactly do you prepare your heirs to manage their resources well? Here are four great places to start…
- Financial Literacy: Encourage your loved ones to enroll in a basic financial workshop – such as through Financial Peace University or Crown Financial Ministries – to sharpen their skills in budgeting, saving and investing. Better yet, consider paying their registration as a gift toward their financial health and peace of mind.
- Work Ethic: Teach your children the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. Don’t be quick to swoop in and help when tasks are difficult. Share stories about overcoming personal and professional struggles. Talk about work as an opportunity to honor God, and not just as a means to an end.
- Generosity: Discuss your charitable giving openly, explaining why these organizations are dear to your heart. Uncover your loved ones’ passions, encouraging them to donate to related charitable causes. If your children or grandchildren are young, teach them to set aside funds in a “giving jar.” If they’re older, consider having them help you manage a portion of your Stewards Fund account.
- Values: Regularly talk about your personal and family values, explaining the biblical or personal reasons these mean so much to you. More importantly, model these values in your everyday living. Make sure your actions match your words.