Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury …” Mark 12:41 (NIV)
Ministry of Finance
Most people think “boring” when they hear the word “accounting.” They also think “judgmental.” Here at GCFA we think “ministry.”
GCFA takes seriously its fiduciary responsibilities of “receiving, disbursing and reporting of funds” as written in the Book of Discipline. However we never lose sight of the fact that these funds are more than just finances. Funds are for ministries and they are placed into the offering plate by faithful givers.
We know not only are we accountable to God but also must supply assurances to the people that their blessings upon the Church are spent for their intended purposes. Everything from the widow’s mite to the corporate sponsorships at General Conference is in support of the good work of the Church, whether that be to end malaria, or supporting the pensions, healthcare, and education for clergy.
GCFA tries to do as Jesus teaches us in Mark 12:41, to sit down with a critical eye on the treasury. Unlike the Temple treasury during Jesus’ time, the UMC is a dynamic presence in this world, giving as much, if not more because of God’s multiplying grace, than it receives. We are truly humble to be a part of that process of ensuring that God’s blessings are flowing to where God would have them go.
Dear God, help us to be a blessing to one another. Let us help one another to do the Church’s ministry. Thank you for the many blessings You have given to us. You are indeed, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.