Stewardship is the way God uses us to do His work and support His mission in the world.
Whatever we give represents some proportion of what we have. It is the intentional, thoughtful selection of just what proportion of our wealth we intend to return to God. Returning thanks to God through a portion of our material money and possessions is not the same as purchasing goods and service. It is not transactional in nature, it is not an attempt to buy God’s favor. Those things are not for sale; they are freely offered as part of the abundance of God’s love for us all.
How should I give?
The Bible says our generosity should be:
Regular – I Corninthians 16:2
“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
Proportional – II Corninthians 8:12
“For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
Sacrificial – Mark 12:41-44
“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”
What if my situation changes and I need to change my commitment?
We understand that life changes … just let us know if you need to make an adjustment.
How much should I give?
The New Testament teaches giving in proportion to the material blessings we have received. Prayerfully consider what proportion of wealth entrusted to you that you are able to offer to God in the coming year.
Using the chart below, find your annual income:
• Choose the percentage you are willing to give
• See what the chart shows for a monthly basis
Why should I pledge and not just continue to give on Sunday?
First, the process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment is an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Secondly, your commitment allows our church to budget and plan for our ministries in the coming year.