The goal of Stewardship is to help our members grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of their time, talents, and treasures. At Zion, we see this as our growth on the Road to Discipleship.
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Every member of the congregation has been given unique talents and skills by God to serve Him in the world. We are called by God to use those talents and skills in our work, school, community, and church. At Zion, we offer over 400 different opportunities for members to engage in the life and work of the church.
While we annually provide the members of the congregation with an opportunity to choose the activities that best suit them, we encourage people to engage in new things whenever the Spirit moves them. You don’t have to wait for an invitation or an annual sign up. You can reach out to any committee chairperson if you see something that is of interest but don’t know how to engage or want more information.
Giving is a fundamental part of our commitment to God. The bible teaches us that everything we have is because of God and in fact everything we have is from God, so giving is simply returning a portion of what God has given to us. Giving is an act of discipleship. An act we are called by God to do…
This is self evident. We are all generous to those we love and who love us. God is the Holy One who loves and who we love. Generosity is our response to such love.
Giving should be planned and not left to chance or whim. It is a serious commitment that should involve the whole family.
Giving should not be occasional, but regular. By pledging annually, you can give on a regular basis.
We should think of giving as a proportion of all that we have received. The poor person who gives a dollar is contributing a far greater proportion of their worth than a wealthy person that gives $100/week. Giving should grow as your blessings grow.
We should give back to God first before we use his treasures for any other purpose. If giving to the work of the church is behind rent, heat, car payments, dinners, etc., then giving will be the after-thought and the “leftover”. By giving first, you can give to God the appropriate proportional amount and scale the rest of your spending and saving to cover the balance, not vice versa.
Giving should be done cheerfully in response to all that God has done. It comes from the heart and not out of guilt or obligation.
General fund giving
Members can contribute to the general fund of Zion. These gifts will be used to support the ministries of the church as well as the ongoing functioning of the church. Giving can be done through annual pledge or through weekly offerings.
Zion has an endowment that is designed to support the long term needs of the congregation. Gifts to the endowment can be made at any time or can be made as part of estate planning.
Members are able to give specifically in any way that moves them. Donations to specific ministries, capital projects, altar flowers or any other activity, ministry or need of the church can be made through directed giving.
Members are always encouraged to pledge their giving to the church each fall. That pledge amount may be weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. At Zion, we emphasize these commitments in September and October each year culminating on Commitment Sunday, which will be November 6, 2011 this year. Pledge giving can be done online through Simply Giving – an automated giving program from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans designed to help you conveniently and consistently contribute to your church.
Weekly envelope and plate
While pledging is certainly encouraged, it is by no means required. Some members are more comfortable providing a weekly gift without making a formal annual pledge, using the envelopes we provide every member.
Some members enjoy the convenience of electronic giving. You can set up one-time or recurring donations to the general fund, or a number of designated funds. Get started with Simply Giving right now.
Gift of stocks or other
For tax purposes or other reasons it is sometimes preferable for members to contribute stock, other securities, real estate or other assets.
There are a variety of methods for giving as a part of estate planning. These include bequests, life insurance, qualified estate plans, life income agreements, charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts.
If you have any questions, or would like assistance with any of the above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving is a personal experience, and people give for different reasons. It may be out of loyalty, responsibility, gratitude or to express an inward commitment to God. Whatever the case, remember what Jesus promised: when we invest ourselves and our resources beyond ourselves, we discover life at a richer and deeper level. As St. Paul wrote: “…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35