For most people, being a steward means giving money for the church and little else, a few might add it also means giving time and talent. Others interpret it as being a good manager of personal and household money - using it wisely, and investing it responsibly, with a view to its social consequences. In this day of increasing concern for the environment, some may add that it means responsible use of the earth and its resources.

The Vermont Conference United Church of Christ views stewardship as a "holistic" concept in that we are as Christians, stewards of all aspects of life as Christ's disciples.

So the Biblical view of a steward is that of a person who is set over a household. As it is developed in the New Testament, however, that household may be the home, the village, the city, the nation or the church. As stewards we are to provide for the well being of all who dwell in their "households".