Many of the year-end giving appeals you receive are about increasing tax ramifications for one’s financial gift. These are important and support many great causes. However, as Christians we also realize the spiritual significances of our year-end financial giving to the ministries of our local churches and non-profits.
Year End Giving
Giving is an act of worship. It is an act of faith, of planting what future generations will see grow to fruition.
Our connectional giving provides support to our leaders who face the daunting task of steering the Church towards a common goal of faithfulness, forgiveness and making disciples for Jesus Christ. Connectional giving supports our efforts to minister to a hurting world.
We have organizations within our denomination dedicated to aiding the needy, healing the sick, comforting the stranger and addressing social ills. Our giving helps support these.
The needs are genuine. We are and always have been a connection of believers in need of one another’s generosity.
“For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us,” 2 Corinthians 8:3-5 NRSV
As United Methodists we are dedicated to these causes. As a denomination we are called to support them.
Investing financially in what God has given us a passion for is one of the ways to participate in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. God gives to us so that we might give. In giving we can fulfill our purpose in life – to love as God loved us.
During this time of gift-giving, let us remember our ministries that mean so much to us. As much as God has given you, provide good stewardship and give!
To learn more about how to give, where to give, and the impact of your donations, visit www.umcgiving.org