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A Word about Stewardship

Steve Ranney, Pastor


As I consider my role as your pastor, I understand my primary responsibility to be the spiritual welfare of the people that God brings together at Tustin Presbyterian Church.  Together we are on a journey toward a fulfilling and mature relationship with God.  This journey involves all that we are; it includes our hearts, our minds, our strength and our souls (Luke 10:25-29) and is a journey toward spiritual maturity.  If I do not encourage you to grow in your relationship with God in each of those areas, then I am not doing my job.


So when I think of how we look at stewardship, I see that it is not primarily about the viability and financial stability of Tustin Presbyterian Church.  In fact, that is pretty far down on the list.  Don’t get me wrong.  Tustin Presbyterian Church is important.  We need a place where we can gather to grow spiritually, where we can learn to be the body of Christ, where we can use our gifts to serve God, and a place where we can introduce others to a relationship with God.  And for that we need a church that is strong and viable.  However, that is not the reason I need to talk with you about stewardship.


I talk about stewardship because we need to focus on how we can most effectively use the gifts and resources with which God has blessed us.  It is about learning to love God with all of who we are in our personal lives and in our life together as a church.


When it comes to the financial resources that God has given each of us, I would be negligent in my role as your pastor if I did not put our giving in proper perspective.  The truth is, giving is a spiritual discipline, and it plays a critical role in our spiritual lives.  It is just as important as studying the Bible, prayer and worship.  Bible Study helps us to learn who God is and what God wants from us.  Prayer helps us to learn how to listen to God and to invite God into every area of our lives.  Worship allows us to spend time acknowledging God’s role in our lives and to confess our love for Him, just as He has loved us.  And giving (both of our money and our talent) gives us a tangible way to acknowledge that we put God first in our lives, ahead of all of the secular “gods” of our own creation, like money and power.


If we are going to be the church that God has called us to be, we need to get serious about growing in our relationship with God, and that will include growing in our giving.  If we want to live that abundant life that God desires for us, then we need to choose to do what God tells us.  As we approach this season where we consider our commitments for the coming year, let me invite you to grow this year in all areas of your life with God as we travel together on the path that God has set before us.



Meet Steve Ranney


As we welcome our new Pastor, Steve Ranney, here is a little information to help us get to know him better:


  • Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary and is celebrating 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

  • Two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

  • B.A. in Ministry from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary.

  • Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991.

  • Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of Centennial, Colorado, 1991–2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006–2015.

  • Steve seeks to lead both by example and by challenging people to use the gifts that God has given them for the building up of the body of Christ.  Thus, Steve's main focus is helping each person grow up in their relationship with God so that God will be able to bless others through them.






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