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.
When my wife and I first started attending Liberty, we were searching for peace after years of repeated losses in our journey to have children. The calmness and support that Liberty provided helped us move on from trying to have children on our own and to begin the journey of adoption. What now seems like such a short time later, we live daily in witness to the incredible blessing of a healthy and happy biological son and daughter of our own, a testament of the answer to prayer of many, including our family at Liberty.
The transformation of our life from a time that felt like a roller coaster of emotions to celebrating not one but two miracles of life renewed our belief that with God all things are possible! Reflecting on the times in my life of what felt like sadness or anxiety, God has shown over and over He will help keep me strong and will provide for me as long as I trust in Him and not depend so much on my own knowledge, experience or perception. 1 Peter 5:10 states: “God will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Liberty is a thriving body of brothers and sisters in Christ in which I am truly blessed to be a part. I am thankful for the opportunity to return to God what is His in thanks for His repeated proof of restoring me and making me steadfast in my life during challenging times. I encourage each of you to reflect upon your own stewardship story, and think about all the times in your life when God’s Spirit has been renewed in you during difficult times. Perhaps you will find you are as imperfect as me, that you have room for improvement in your consistency in returning to God what is His, and that you have much to be thankful for in the life of Liberty.