Stewardship And Generosity
Paul encouraged generosity at all times: "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity." II Corinthians 8:2
Stewardship – to serve as one who manages another's property, finances or other affairs – is not just means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.
The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God's generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God's economic resources.
United Church Approach to Stewardship
One thread of our stewardship heritage comes from John Wesley who urged those in connection with him to "Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can." He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Our Presbyterian, Congregationalists and Methodists traditions have consistently took weekly offerings to help others in need.
Today, we at First United Church join others to help all of God's children…whenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.
Practicing Good Stewardship
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
- Pray about your regular giving to God's ministry and mission through First United Church.
- Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do.
- Set up a schedule to eventually reach full tithing, or begin by tithing one week of every month.
- Give your time, talents and financial aid to the Mission and Service Fund and our new church ministries.
- Remember First United Church in your will or estate plan.
- Join the Stewardship and Generosity Team
The Stewardship and Generosity Team is looking for keen members who are interested in deepening their understanding of stewardship and help First United grow as generous disciples.