Because the company serves more than 80 different kinds of churches across the globe, this helps staffers expand their knowledge about the different sects of Christianity.
And in order to foster "stewardship of life" and encourage healthy choices, Vanderbloemen offers paid gym memberships for all employees. Once a year, there is also an optional six-week fitness challenge led by a personal trainer, whereby participants don FitBits and report their eating regimens on a private Facebook page. The group is equally concerned with emotional connectedness as it is with physical well being. As the first part of the onboarding process, each new employee takes a Myers-Briggs personality test.
Team members are trained to understand what each classification means in terms of work approach and interaction style. After serving as a senior pastor for 15 years, he left the ministry for corporate America, joining Anadarko, an oil and gas company, as HR manager.
Straddling both worlds has not only helped the company formulate its own unique culture but also helped it develop a sensitivity to the cultures of potential clients. First, rather than setting aspirational goals, culture should encompass realistic accomplishments, he says. Second, culture should be baked into the larger mission at hand.
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We live in perilous times when many believe we are not accountable to God and that we do not have personal responsibility or stewardship for ourselves or others. Many in the world are focused on self-gratification, put themselves first, and love pleasure more than they love righteousness. In the Church, however, we believe that these stewardships are a sacred trust.
At the conclusion of their visit, one of the most eminent rabbis in America expressed his feelings about what he had seen and felt. He cited concepts from Jewish thinkers rooted in the Talmud 2 and pointed out that there are two very different reasons people engage in acts of kindness and generosity. Some people visit the sick, assist the poor, and serve their fellowmen because they believe it is the right thing to do and others will reciprocate and do the same for them when they are in need.
He explained that while this is good, builds caring communities, and should be considered a noble reason, a higher motive is when we serve our fellowmen because that is what we believe God wants us to do. He stated that as a result of his visit, he believed the Latter-day Saints undertake welfare and humanitarian efforts and the work of salvation in our temples in order to do what we believe God wants us to do. The War in Heaven was fought after Satan said that he would force everyone to obey his ideas. That was rejected.
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As a result, we have our moral agency and the freedom to choose our course in this life. But we also are accountable for that agency. In the Church, stewardship is not limited to a temporal trust or responsibility. While there are many areas of stewardship, I have chosen to address two.
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The first is stewardship of ourselves and our families. The second is stewardship for the poor and needy. The Lord often used parables relating to the land in teaching accountability and stewardship. When I was a small boy, I would visit my grandparents at their ranch during the summer. There was no electrical power, running water, or indoor plumbing. There was, however, a spring of water next to their small ranch house. The spring created a little pond of clear, pure water, where several times a day I would help my grandmother carry water to the house for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing clothes.
My grandparents loved this life-giving spring and took special precautions to protect it. Many years later my grandfather was in his early 90s and did not live on the property; he was unable to maintain or oversee it. Parents can also help children discover and develop their talents. We are responsible for the talents we have received.
Children who are not taught that they are accountable for their time and talents are increasingly subject to the foolishness and unrighteousness that are so pervasive in the world. The second stewardship is caring for the poor and those in need, which applies to virtually all of us at one time or another. The Jewish leaders I mentioned earlier were particularly impressed with the principle of fasting and then paying a generous fast offering.
They thought it was remarkable that Church members across the world would fast monthly and then make a freewill offering for the benefit of those who are in need. When the rabbis visited Welfare Square, they were touched to learn that even in difficult economic times, our members, concerned about the challenges experienced by many, continue to donate generously to help the poor and needy. I can remember when I was called as a bishop, my predecessor, Bishop Russell Johnson, warned me that I would have to be careful what I asked the members to do.
Bishop Johnson said that despite having small resources, she would always try to respond. I found this to be true.
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Every time I mentioned the need for contributions or service to bless others, Sarah was often the first to respond. Save Sarah! This sister was terrified that Sarah would fall and wanted the bishop to intervene. I am not suggesting that everyone can or should imitate Sarah. Some feel guilty because they cannot meet every need immediately. My heart rejoices as I observe the Saints all over the Church doing everything they can to provide Christlike service wherever there is a need. Because of member contributions, the Church can quietly and quickly, without fanfare, respond to needs all over the world.
Last year our members responded to Hurricane Gustav. Between the Humanitarian Center, Welfare Square, and the temple open house, I now have a greater appreciation for why you do what you do. In all of our stewardship efforts, we follow Jesus Christ. We try to emulate what He has asked us to do, both by His teachings and His example. With all our hearts we express our appreciation to the membership of the Church for their generous contributions and Christlike service.
My hope is that each of us will review individually and as families the stewardships for which we have responsibility and accountability.