Stewardship & Generosity
Paul encouraged generosity at all times: "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity". (2 Corinthians 8:2)
Stewardship-to serve as one who manages another's property, finances or other affairs-is not just means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God's and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.
The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God's generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God's economic resources.
Methodist Approach To Stewardship
John Wesley urged those in connection with him to "earn all you can and save all you can so that you can give all you can." He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure that those early classes of "methodists" took weekly offerings to help others in need.
Today, we, as United Methodists, join others to help all of God's children whenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.
Practicing Good Stewardship
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
- Pray about your regular giving to God's ministry and mission through University.
- Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do.
- Take the Financial Peace University class.
- Set up a schedule to reach full tithing or begin by tithing one week of every month.
- Give your time and talents to Missions.
- Remember Bethany in your will or estate planning.
How Does Your Generosity Impact Others Through Bethany?
Take a moment to read through our Narrative Budget Brochure to see how the generosity of the Bethany congregation is leading people to Experience God's Love, Know Jesus Christ, and to Grow in His Image!