Stewardship & Generosity
Good stewardship practices result in great generosity.
Each fall we ask our members to make their pledges to God and to the ministry of the church for the coming year. Filling out your card is an act of Christian discipleship and an expression of your faith. It is also an investment in the lives of every person who will be affected by our church in the coming year.
1. Prayerfully determine your 2023
2. Complete your pledge card online.
Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. (The Message)
First, thank you for your generosity throughout 2022! Walk With Me is the embodiment of how we as Christians need to continue to be with one another in fellowship, building each other up, giving each other strength to face the challenges of our complicated world, and to follow Jesus’ lead. It is also an invitation for each of us to ask Jesus into our hearts and minds, to be with us every step of the way in our joys and our sorrows, and for us to invite others to be in Christian service with us here at Christ United Methodist Church. When we think of our daily walk with Jesus, we think of words such as connection, relationships, acceptance, and hope. We pray that we can connect with one another in a real and personal way that fosters authentic relationships with one another and brings us closer to Christ. We accept the members of Christ United Methodist Church, and our community, in all their uniqueness and honor that fact that each of us is loved fully and equally by a caring God that created us exactly the way we are. We hope that, as faithful disciples of Christ, we can be an example to others for peace, tolerance, patience, and kindness in our world. We ask Jesus to walk with us as we share the love of Christ through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and our witness.
A Way of Life
At Christ UMC FB, stewardship is not simply a method for us 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 here on earth.
The Bible is filled with examples 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.
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, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.
Why We Give
Everything we have belongs to God, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth. Through our tithes and offerings, we demonstrate in a tangible way our love for God and our neighbors. Each year, we ask our members to commit to their tithes and offerings for the coming year in support of our church's ministry and mission. We do this for three reasons:
All we have is a gift from God, so we believe that giving to God's work is an act of worship.
At Christ UMC FB, giving is an expectation of membership. The church does not specify how much an individual should give, but we hope each person will commit a percentage of their income and increase that amount as they are able.
Annual giving makes possible: worship, programs for children and students, Bible studies, small groups, pastoral care and support, mission trips and community projects.
Practicing Stewardship & Generosity
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
Set up (and live by) an annual budget.
Pray about giving regularly to God's ministry and mission through Christ UMC FB.
Model the humility and generosity God to which calls you.
Take Financial Peace University.
Establish a schedule to tithe 10% of your annual income, or begin by tithing one week of every month. Fill out a commitment card online.
Give of your time, talents and finances to missions and community outreach.
Remember Christ UMC FB in your will or estate plan through the Legacy Fund.