How we understand stewardship
We think that stewardship begins with understanding that everything is a gift from God; including our lives, gifts and treasures, and that we are called to spend them on what’s closest to God’s heart.
Each fall we conduct a stewardship campaign. At the end, on a Sunday, members are invited to provide an estimate of their giving for the upcoming year. This is used to help determine the congregation’s budget for the upcoming year as all expenses are supported by these contributions, including ministries, building maintenance, staff salaries, and capital repairs and improvements.
Offerings of Time & Talent
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
We trust that God gives everyone gifts to serve the gospel and the neighbor. In order to help people discern how God is calling them to be participate at Zion, we regularly publish “Help Wanted” blurbs so that people might know where help is needed. We follow up by asking individuals to help in areas they are perceived as having gifts. Pastor Ingrid is fond of saying that she fully respects an answer of “no.” She’s found that it works out best for all involved if a person feels called to a role, and doesn’t respond only out of a sense of pressure, guilt or duty.
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