Growing our faith as followers of Jesus means being drawn by love to cooperate with God’s work in caring for the world. If we live in a way which is greedy, selfish and short sighted we are disobedient to God’s command to be good stewards of the earth.
We use the Eco Church scheme run by the UK part of the international conservation charity A Rocha to help us test whether we as churches and individuals are being successful in our wish to live in a way which honours this, God’s world.
What's the Eco Church scheme about?
Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s is a scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
Our free resources are designed to equip your church to express your care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation.
Our vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully
Paul writes in his letter to the church in Rome:
“God’s eternal power and divine nature have been made known through his works since the creation of the world”
The tying up of the power of God in the soil, air and water, means that whatever specific ways we are called to be good followers we cannot neglect the welfare of creation.
Speaking about the current ecological crises affecting the earth, Bartholomew patriarch of the Orthodox Church asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing of moving gradually away from what I want to what God’s world needs. In this we will find liberation from fear, greed and compulsion.