Well we made it! Another stewardship emphasis comes to an end….and you survived. Before I was a pastor, I was on staff and heard the moaning and groaning of the church members when pledge time came around. I remember as a teenager receiving my first pledge card as a member of First Baptist of Moultrie: “WHAT!” I’m supposed to give money?
When we are young and innocent we think that houses and clothes and food just “appear” until that harsh day when WE go to work and a whole new world opens up to us. I know the concerns: “all this church talks about is money,” “we need to grow the membership, not keep hitting up the same faithful few.” So here’s the deal – next year we’ll go in a new direction – we’ll spend a lot of energy on spiritual growth, hospitality, and evangelism. That means in every way, in every Sunday school class, small group, and Bible study, the topic of tithing will come up – WHY? because it is vital to a person’s spiritual growth. It should not just come up every fall (we don’t plan a budget on pledges anyway – just the actual giving), it should arise anytime we talk about discipleship. Come on……let’s grow together in every way! Amen? Amen!