Cornerstone United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
To Reach, To Grow, To Send
Everything we have is a gift from God. And we are called upon to be good stewards of these gifts. Good stewardship means using our time, talent and treasure in ways that extend the hand of God.
The role of the Stewardship Committee is to encourage our members and visitors to share generously and joyfully their God-given gifts. Beyond their time and talent, members are asked to make a financial commitment called a "pledge." These gifts are used to support the ministries of our church.
The Stewardship Committee is expected to help promote giving and pledging, as well as educate those within the church about stewardship principles. John Wesley said, "Gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can." He believed if we spent less, saved more, and managed our money well, then there would be more to give and use for God's purposes. The Stewardship Committee advocates these values and reminds our members and visitors that pledging involves making a commitment to God, a commitment to our church family, as well as giving as they have been blessed.
The Stewardship Committee coordinates closely with the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees because pledging is a key financial tool for church planning. Each pledge helps in the budgeting process by allowing church leaders to estimate reliably which ministries can be funded that year.
The committee holds approximately 6-8 meetings a year to develop a program to meet the funding requirements of our church's ministries, as well as everyday budgetary needs. For the most part, the meetings are held early in the year to put together the pledge campaign.
If you're interested in learning more about the Stewardship Committee and or the cumpledge campaign, please do call the church office at 910-868-5686.
To illuminate to everyone the bountiful blessings that they have been given from the Lord and to aid in their understanding that this bounty is to be shared with all of God’s creatures.
Role In the Life of the Church
Help members focus on how their gifts can be shared, including financial. Educate members on the Gospel derived lessons for giving. To help our congregation grow beyond believing that stewardship is simply about financial gifts. Continue to find and develop new ways that people can give their gifts to the church and the Lord’s work.
The Stewardship Committee consists of the Chairperson, who shall work with a committee of congregation members identified and invited by the Lay Leadership committee. The committee shall call upon members at large to participate during the Stewardship campaign and any other times of special needs. The Stewardship chair is a member of the Finance committee and sits on the Church Council.
Personal witnesses of the bounty they have received from the Lord. Assistance in developing stewardship campaigns to increase the percentage of members pledging to support the missions and ministry of the church.