Our annual stewardship program takes place during Lent and this year we are using the Consecration Sunday program. A mailing is going out to the whole congregation on Monday March 9th to launch the program, which culminates in a special worship service and FREE brunch on Sunday March 29th. Here is some background on what Consecration Sunday is all about. You can post questions or comments on this page or contact Pastor Tim who is coordinating the program for us.
Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial stewardship as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God as they support their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregation is using the Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical understanding of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. This will be done using an Estimate of Giving Card.
Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily during worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend even if they feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, followed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
We will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards. Rather, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship and the Celebration Brunch.
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