What is stewardship?
Stewardship is not a program. It is not about raising money, although giving money is one tangible result. It is not here today and gone tomorrow or next month. Stewardship is a journey. It is about life. In fact, stewardship is a way of life. It is the mission field beginning here, now. It is about the mission of our church—in this church, from this church, and beyond this church. God has made each of us a steward and has given us resources, abilities, and talents that are unique. We give them back to God in abundant generosity and thanksgiving for nothing less than the work of His Kingdom.
Why should I give?
Our stewardship focuses on commitment—of time, talent, prayers, and financial resources. All of us are called upon to be stewards of our faith, to proclaim our faith in God, and to be a vital Christian presence in our local community.
How much should I volunteer?
Our prayer is that each member of the church family will find at least one volunteer ministry beyond Sunday morning.
How much am I expected to give?
This is, of course, the most difficult question to answer. The first and most important step is to pray for God’s guidance. Proverbs 3:9 calls us to tithe (10%) of our “firstfruits” through proportional giving. This is simply giving a percentage of your income to the church. Choose your amount and then ask yourself: Is this in proportion to the importance of God in my life? Is it in proportion to the importance of LaGrange First Methodist in my life? And how is it in proportion to the other ways I spend money?