Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
The wisdom we’ve gleaned about financial stewardship in the church has been cultivated over decades by experts, run through systems of analysis, practiced in varieties of contexts, and refined into practices offered to the wider church with such assurance that anyone can just do this stuff and the church will run with it.
I don’t question the truth of that. I’m also wondering if it matches us. Or our moment. Things are changing. And so are we.
I’ve long sought to avoid being the one to ask for money. It feels gross. And I’ve been to churches where talk of giving to the church is a constant from the priest or pastor. Which then means we don’t really deal with it, either.
This year, I’m asking for pledges from you directly. Pledges of Wealth, Works, and Wisdom.
- Help fund the church: which includes salaries, utilities, and ministries.
- Give and act generously: to make the light of Christ known in our community.
- Share from who you are: because you have much to offer.
We know how to give. And we know how to love. In 2022, we’re adapting to new practices in the world. Our lives are changing. And the church is no different.
So we aren’t just collecting “gifts” as a euphemism for money. We’re collecting potential. We want to grow and adapt and be present to this community now and in the future. This takes the stuff every one of us can offer. Yes, that includes wealth. And works. And wisdom. We are better with all of us giving the all of us.