Consecration Is Coming!
This year our Stewardship Committee has decided to use a slightly different type of stewardship program. We hope that it will be well received by our congregation. This approach offers a biblical perspective on stewardship.
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 contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregation’s stewardship committee and vestry has selected the New Consecration Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
New Consecration is based on the biblical philosophy 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. New Consecration 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 , 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.
Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card will do so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration . We especially urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure will be done in such a way that no one will feel personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out an Estimate of Giving card. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship. Online giving will still be available for those who prefer to make their pledge in this way.
Over the next few weeks we will encourage participation in Consecration events through our Consecration team and vestry members.
Your team will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend our Consecration worship on , which will be followed up with a Celebration Brunch after the service.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration events.