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.
Beats headphones, the newest version of the iPhone, concert tickets…these are among the favored items on a typical teenager’s wish list for just about any occasion or holiday. Gift cards and cash are also popular! Gone are the days of Barbie dolls and pillow pets, the teen years bring the desire for big ticket items. In this day and age with so many competing priorities with technology and “devices”, parents have a tough time providing meaningful gifts to our teenagers that fit in our budget. As God the Father wants to provide for our every want and need, we as parents want to do the same for our children. But is this realistic?
We joined Liberty before our daughter was born and once she arrived we would bring her to church as an infant, and even now as a teenager. The resounding feedback we get from this congregation goes something like this: “you’re doing the right thing bringing her to church”; “the best gift you can give your child is to let her know God”; “so good to see your family in church”. This reinforces the “light” that we receive from attending Liberty Presbyterian Church. Our daughter grew up attending church school, participating in VBS and is now very active in the Youth Ministry program. She is receiving a gift beyond any monetary value we can place on it; as are we!
As you prayerfully consider this stewardship season, we encourage you to reflect on the light Liberty brings to your life and how you can brighten it. How has God gifted you and how can you then share your gift with others? 1 Peter 4:10 states, “Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God.” Whether your gift is your time, your talents or your tithes, we encourage you to brighten the light here at Liberty. Whether your “light” is the music program, children’s ministry, adult discipleship, mission work, our pastors’ compelling messages, our beautiful buildings and grounds or the community spirit of sharing worship with others; please help to continue our tradition of the most valuable gift we can ever give or receive – the gift of God!