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

September 20, 2014
Local Church Budget

Ellen G. White once spoke to a church about the importance of paying tithe. “As the sin of robbing God was presented, the people received clearer views of their duty and privilege in this matter. One brother said that for two years he had not paid his tithes, and he was in despair; but as he confessed his sin, he began to gather hope. ‘What shall I do?’ he asked.

“I said, ‘Give your note to the treasurer of the church; that will be businesslike.’

“He thought that was a rather strange request; but he sat down, and began to write, ‘For value received, I promise to pay—’ He looked up, as if to say, Is that the proper form in which to write out a note to the Lord?

“‘Yes,’ he continued, ‘for value received. Have I not been receiving the blessings of God day after day? Have not the angels guarded me? Has not the Lord blessed me with all spiritual and temporal blessings? For value received, I promise to pay the sum of $571.50 to the church treasurer.’ After doing all he could to do on his part, he was a happy man. In a few days he took up his note, and paid his tithe into the treasury” (Counsels on Stewardship, pp. 95, 96).

God blesses those who are faithful in returning their tithe to His church. Let us determine to be faithful stewards by returning back to His storehouse.

Offertory Readings 2014
North American Division

 

2014 North American Division
Mission Investment Projects

 

Lake Union Conference Mission Investment Projects
 

1. The inner city school districts consider churches to be resources for the community. The projects are to go to the various schools and offer spiritual programs, such as Vacation Bible School (FLAG camp), and to train leaders to assist the impoverished. These dynamic programs create and foster friendships and evangelistic connections within the community.

2. The project at the Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, is primarily focused on providing a soup kitchen, mentoring programs for high-risk teens, and conducting Revelation and Eternity Prophecy seminars. Other areas of emphasis are self-development seminars, including drugs, alcohol, finances, divorce, and domestic violence awareness.  Also included are tending to two community greenhouses and a community garden.

 
Columbia Union Mission Investment Project
 
SOULS EAST: The purpose of this project is the restoration of character through true education. This initiative will develop leadership that will labor for the conversion of souls, as Jesus commissioned us. One objective is to inspire and empower churches each year to develop a culture of evangelism. This will empower youth and young adults to be engaged in the mission of the church. SOULS East will recruit, train, mentor, and send out teams of students to work with local churches in the cycle of evangelism through Bible work, literature ministry, and health ministry. These activities will take place throughout the Columbia Union in selected areas and churches and will be in partnership with SOULS West, http://soulswest.org/