Stewardship

The stewardship department encourages faithful financial support of the Lord’s work through spiritual motivation. It has a selection of materials to assist the church in educating church members in faithful tithing and support of church budget.

 

Offertory Reading

May 28 - UCC Advance

“As a nation, Americans could give away an extra $100 billion per year without even feeling a pinch—but statistics show we are getting stingier than ever. Why don’t we give more? Sometimes it’s simply a matter of lack of vision, ignorance, or poor planning” (Ron Blue, Generous Living, 30).

In 1997 Ron Blue made a case for a culture that gave in disproportional direction to income. In other words, the more a household made, the lower their percentage of giving and the higher their consumer debt.

In Christianity, the reasons for the earnings/debt ratio could be explained from three areas: spiritual and financial problems, limited vision, or lack of information. In order to change that, Ron Blue proposes three simple steps: 1) Prepare to change your beliefs. Giving starts by allowing God’s word to change your heart and mind. Anchor your financial decisions in the truth, whether it is investing, purchasing or giving. 2) Change your direction. Financial problems could be the symptom of wrong thinking, bad attitudes, or poor decision-making. 3) Change your vision. Allow God and others to give you input on your giving. Finally, you need a plan (ibid., 39–40).

The stewardship department in your local conference can help you plan ahead: How can you bless your family and God’s work even after you are gone? Deciding that now is good stewardship!

Today’s offering will help advance ministries in our local conference area. Thank you for sharing the burden so that many can be blessed.

 

THIRTEENTH SABBATH OFFERINGS 2016

South American Division March 26*

South Pacific Division June 25*

East-Central Africa Division September 24*

Inter-European Division December 31*

 

MISSION INVESTMENT PROJECTS 2016

Atlantic Union Conference

Southwestern Union Conference

Click here for more information about these projects