“The mission of the church is to build, form, and sustain disciples. The aim of stewardship development is not to finance the church’s annual operating budget but to change lives. Giving is part of discipleship. Giving is part of our spiritual formation. When God breaks in upon a sufficiently prepared people, a new generosity emerges – one that is outgoing, joyous, spontaneous, and free.” (Moser, David and Bauknight, Brian, editors: First Fruits: Fourteen Sermons on Stewardship. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 2003)
The Holston Conference Stewardship Team, in partnership with the Holston Conference Foundation, aspires to bring into reality the sentiments expressed above. Through our resource material, various training opportunities and every practical occasion afforded us, we hope to bring new understanding of the vital part played by the development of our spiritual understanding of money and the financial ministry of God’s work.
Jesus said more about money than any other subject. The Bible contains well over 2,000 verses on the same subject. In being faithful to our Wesleyan heritage, our Biblical roots and our spiritual development, we are faithful disciples when we encourage generosity and giving as a significant part of our spiritual development, both as individuals and as congregations.
We give in many distinct ways. We can give from our pocketbook, our checkbook, or from our accumulated resources. Our level of giving usually increases in this same progression. An important inclusion in our emphasis on giving must focus on planned giving through wills, trusts and endowments. For these, The Holston Conference Foundation can provide a variety of resources and expert assistance.
Please make use of this web site and its many links, and call us for assistance.
The Ministry of Money and Church Finance
Radical Gratitude Archives