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


At a resource committee held many years ago, a cross-section of a congregation was asked to put down how much they felt each of the church members could give as a weekly pledge.

A lay person hurried to the pastor, concerned with the results. One member had suggested that the minister put down $20 a week—quite a large sum for the time. The lay person considered this pledge a cruel insult since the minister had a minimal salary. To his amazement, the minister felt flattered. “Imagine someone in the congregation feeling that I can return to God in praise and thanksgiving such a large expression of gratitude for the love that God has shown me” (Ben G. Smillie, Blunt Questions in Stewardship Have Theological Answers, 64).

He who loves little gives little. But he who loves much gives much. Jesus saw the widow’s sacrifice as she gave all she had. Jesus praised her action because it came from her heart. Ellen White commented, “Tears of joy filled [the widow’s] eyes as she felt that her act was understood and appreciated. Her heart went with her gift … its value was estimated, not by the worth of the coin, but by the love to God and the interest in His work that had prompted the deed” (Ellen G. White Desire of Ages, 615).

God reminded Samuel, “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). We must give today as if Jesus Himself were accepting our offerings. No human should interfere in this act of worship. As you give, pray that your offering is acceptable and blessed by the One who gave it all first.

May your unselfish giving be a blessing to your local conference as funds are used to advance God’s kingdom.




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