Philosophy of Stewardship
- We believe that we worship God in all that we do, including the way we handle our money.
- We believe that God has been amazingly generous to us — when we are generous with our money, we are swimming right in the middle of the stream of God’s grace.
- We believe in “carrying our blessings lightly”, that God blesses us so that we can bless others through our giving.
- We believe in giving proportionately, with the goal of giving 10% to gospel-supporting causes.
- We believe that supporting Liberty Church financially is a sound investment, because “lives are being changed at Liberty”.
- We believe that we cannot out-give God.
- We believe the fundamental shape of the Christian life is thankfulness.
- We believe “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.
- We believe our largest annual contribution should be to our local church.
- We believe in “disciplined generosity”, that our giving should be determined prayerfully, purposefully and in advance.
- We are challenged by how often Jesus pointed to financial stewardship as a measure of our spiritual commitment.
- It is a joyful challenge for our giving to keep pace with the work of God’s Spirit in and through Liberty Church.
- The Session is committed to financial transparency, specifically through making available to all members a monthly summary of income and expenditures.
We have been attending Liberty for more than 10 years. In those past 10 years, our family has made many friends, listened to sermons, sang songs, and watched Christmas pageants – all at Liberty. Having a place like Liberty to go when we’ve been happy, upset, in need of direction, or to just to get through another week has truly been a blessing to us and is a key cornerstone in our lives.
As the years have gone by, and we assessed where our donations were going each year, we made the decision to give to Liberty. We made this choice for many reasons, but most importantly we believe that by giving to the church, not only are we giving back some of the blessings that God has graciously given to us, but we are also aligning our actions to our personal priorities. God has blessed us in so many ways over the years: wonderful families, stable jobs in a very unstable economy, and recovery from health issues. Because of His blessings in our lives and the personal decision we have made to follow Christ, we give. A side benefit has been that our children now see us giving back to God, so they are learning a concrete way of giving thanks and realizing that it is not all about ‘getting’ what they want.
So, giving to Liberty, for us, is not just writing another check. It is really giving to help sustain and grow those things that we love about Liberty, the peace and tranquility of the Barn, the activity and laughter of the children, the mission programs, and the ‘true to current life’ sermons. Giving has not turned out to be a burden, but to truly be a joy.