In order to utilize Christian stewardship in healthcare, one must search the scriptures on God’s standards of stewardship on His given gifts. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you”(James 1:27, The New Living Translation), is one example of how God expects us to stewards over His resources by caring for the poor and unfortunate. Also, Galatians 2: 9b-10 says, “They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews. Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do.” According to the text, spirituality is often a component of healing in healthcare. Shi and Singh (2009) cite that “the spiritual dimension is frequently tied to one’s religious beliefs, values, morals, and practices. Broadly, this dimension is described as meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in life; hope and will to live; faith; and a person’s relationship with God.” So, if patients can utilize their spiritual well-beings to aid in their medical care, administrators can weave their Christian stewardship and values in the delivery of care. With this extra armor, administrators can focus in and properly distribute resources and educate employees on how to more adequately serve patients, no matter the socioecomonic status. This then can improve the health of the community, improve relationships throughout the community, and in turn promote better health for the population. God asks His people to be stewards of creation. Stewardship involves responsibility. Christians must be responsible for what we have been given, both what is natural and what has been accumulated. Stewardship requires responsibility both to self and to others. A steward understands that resources are finite and must be managed well.
Shi, L. & Singh, D. (2019).Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach(7thed.).
Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
The Holy Bible (New Living Translation)
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10, NLT). Shi and Singh (2015) admit that health care includes much more than just medical care. Health care is defined as a variety of services believed to improve a person’s health and well being (p.41). The concept of health care is to make sure American’s have a good quality of life. Quality of life is defined by Shi and Singh (2015) as an overall satisfaction with life during and following a person’s encounter with the health care delivery system. Christian health care administrators should have the understanding of stewardship when it comes to focusing on community and population health care. Community and population health care are both comprised of people and God wants his followers to be good to and serve one another. Health care administrators have a lot of obligations to fulfill, however, taking care of God’s people is a major role. Ensuring that everyone in the community is educated about their personal and mental health is a good start in making sure that Christian stewardship is being upheld. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you will not be honest with greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10, NLT). Therefore, Christian health care administrators who know the importance of their job should ensure that every one is treated fairly and they are educated so they can live a good quality of life.
Shi, L., & Singh, D. (2015) Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.