Stewardship And Generosity
Paul encouraged generosity at all times: “Out of the most severe trial, their over- flowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” II Cor. 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 ex- amples 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.
Methodist approach to Stewardship
John Wesley 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. Wesley made sure those early classes of “methodists” took weekly offerings to help others in need.
Today, we United Methodists 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.
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
- Pray about your regular giving to God’s ministry and mission to MUMC
- Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do
- Take Financial Peace University
- 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 Missions of our church
- Remember MUMC in your will or estate plan through the Permanent Endowment Fund