Our financial giving, then, should be an intentional reflection of these aims. A useful measure for assessing our financial giving is as a percentage of income, rather than a dollar amount. A tithe (10% of income) is the biblical standard of giving. For most, the tithe is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year.
Annual pledges support everything we do at St. Timothy’s, and your pledge commitments give us a financial foundation on which to develop our programs and our budget. Every pledge, no matter what its size, is a valuable contribution to our mission and ministry and a powerful statement of our commitment to work together in the building of our community and God’s kingdom.
Stewardship of our work life
The priesthood of all believers has been characterized as Martin Luther’s most underappreciated theological insight. Simply put, Luther observed that God calls all Christians — not just pastors — to lives of holiness. Every one of us, not just priests, accomplishes God’s holy work, regardless of what we do for work, whether employed or working at home.
It’s a simple idea, and one that certainly elevates our “job” to a new status, but it can be hard to live out. Here are some tips:
- Think disciple: You may know to be a disciple in church, but prayerfully imagine how you can be a follower of Jesus at work, too!
- Think excellence: There’s satisfaction in doing your best. Knowing that your work is holy can provide not only incentive but also a satisfaction boost.
- Think relationship: They’re not just your coworkers, they’re also the neighbors whom Christ commands us to serve and to love as ourselves.
- Think service: Every workplace holds challenges for your employer, coworkers and customers. How can your experience and gifts help?
- Think priest: You are called to be a holy person 24/7. How does this awareness invite you to change your behavior and attitude toward your work?
We spend so much of our lives in our jobs, we can’t park our faith at the door. Instead, we bring the light of Christ to the workplace as holy people of God’s reign!
Mike Oliver- 2018 Stewardship Chair