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.
For our family, stewardship is an essential step in our faith journey. Like a lot of folks like us – we are busy working people with two elementary school-age – our intentions are good, but the craziness of daily life can sometimes interfere with our commitment to Christ. Over the last year, we have made a concerted effort to eliminate the static that holds us back. We decided that our commitment must be twofold: (1) to give more of our time to the church; and (2) to set aside weekly offering on a consistent basis.
Since we have young children, we have gotten involved with Liberty’s church school and youth activities. We feel that these commitments are not only meaningful to us, but also to our children. As author, Jill Rigby, writes: “It is difficult to raise unselfish children in a self-absorbed world.” Volunteering shows our children, by example, how to be “others-centered” as opposed to being “self-centered.”
In terms of the financial component of our stewardship, we decided the real way to commit was to have an automatic deduction taken from our bank account. We found this was necessary because we would get to church without our checkbook or without cash. Again, the will was there, but the practical was getting in the way. The need for this type of steady commitment is important since a church relies on offerings, which can be unpredictable, which makes it difficult for the Session to budget, which makes it hard to plan for growth. And we want Liberty to be a place of growth, and we feel being steadfast in our stewardship is one way we can help.