“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
And so, with the above verse to guide us, this is the week to make up our minds! I urge you to be in prayer and conversation this week about your financial discipleship, as Erin and I have. What proportion of your income will you give in the upcoming year? Will you raise the proportion this year, or maintain it at the current level, or maybe you need to lower it this time around?
The phenomenal generosity of Campbell UMC has made it possible for a multitude of ministries to happen. Just take a look at the Budget of Ministries included in this week’s newsletter! Isn’t that incredible? Think of the thousands of people impacted by the generous discipleship of this congregation … amazing!
At Campbell, we don’t budget by dollar amounts; we budget by people whose lives are being impacted by ministry. We don’t create a dollar budget and then compel people to give to support it; we offer up our gifts to God and say, “Everything we have is yours, Lord!” I don’t ask people to give because “the church needs the money;” I ask people to give because disciples of Jesus Christ need to give.
This week in worship, we will all be given a Promise Card on which we will all be asked to write the amount of giving we promise for 2010. We will also be given an envelope in which to seal that card, keeping your promise in sacred trust between you and God. We will then bring our Promise Cards forward with singing, placing them at the altar as an act of worship.
Yes, it is “that time of year again,” but making a promise of financial discipleship does not have to be drudgery, unless you choose to make it so. With the proper frame of mind, giving can truly be a joy!
See you in church,