Stewardship 2017

Stewardship 2017

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Welcome to Raleigh Court United Methodist Church Stewardship Pledge Page.

We will celebrate our Stewardship Sunday on November 19th, but we are making some changes. We will still have a Stewardship Sunday Potluck after the 11:00 am worship service, however we are turning away from the campaign mode where we make an effort to ‘meet the budget.’

It is true that we need to ‘meet the budget.’ As much as we are a living organism, we are also an organization. For an organization to function there is a cost we need to meet for us to continue God’s mission. Therefore, it was a common practice for our church to present ‘the budget for the next year and plea to the congregation to commit and join the work of the church.’ And this strategy worked in various ways.

As you might remember, I come from a culture where the church did not have Stewardship Sundays. We did, however, have individual campaigns. For example, when the church needed to execute a specific project it would not occur unless the goal was met to raise the minimum $5000,000 requirement.  We talk, however, about our Christian mandate to tithe.

Tithing is giving 10% of your income to God FIRST. It is a proclamation saying, “All I earn comes from God, and by offering 10% to God first, we announce that it is yours.“  It’s not because God needs our money, but strictly because God needs our heart.  And I can concur with Dave Ramsey who says, “Tithing was created for our benefit.” When we tithe we become free from money. Tithing is a visual outcome of our commitment to our Lord. And when we see all the people of God announcing their devotion to God and God’s mission, we will be able to see how God works through everyone’s commitments.

Therefore, I challenge you to be part of this journey of being free from money. For a person who hasn’t tithed before, it will be a process. You will have to make baby steps. What if you increase your giving, 1% of your income a year, in ten years you will be able to tithe. If you increase your annual giving to the average rate of growth, which might be 2-2.5% a year, you can shorten that process to 4-5 years. However, I like overachievers who might start tithing this year and see how God changes their life in a year.

I can share the joy of being a tither all my life and I want to invite you to experience the joy that you can have. If you have more questions about tithing, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, we have a fabulous way to assist you in this process, as we are planning to offer the class “Financial Peace University” this coming January. So, let us know if you are interested!

‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’

We would like to see how the collective commitment of our congregation can be used to bring life into this world. I pray that we will have ‘Big Dreams’ of what God will do in this world as we offer our hearts to God. As we come together, let us see how God uses our community of faith to transform the world.

RJ

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