Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
An attitude of generous giving is one of the keys to living a fulfilled life. This applies not only to money but also to everything we have and do. God has given generously and freely to us – the only appropriate response is for us to give joyfully in return.
Besides money, good stewardship entails other aspects of life for which God has given us responsibility: gifts, togetherness, testimonies, time and trash – how we dispose of it! Our prayer is that it will help nurture a generous and giving attitude in our people – so that the church can be more effective in ministry and mission.
A word to leaders: don’t try to teach this material unless you are prepared to lead by example! Submit yourself, your lifestyle and your giving to God, and your people will follow. Don’t be afraid to share where you find it difficult, but lead the way in taking a risk of faith – be generous and see how God will be there for you. Over the coming years, Growing the Church (GtC) intends to continue to honour the request from Provincial Standing Committee in 2014 by sharing what is being produced in different parts of ACSA. Let us discover together the joy of being generous with all that God has given us.
Yours in Christ,
Liaison Bishop: Growing the Church
Provincial Standing Committee, meeting in Johannesburg in 2014, identified as a crucial priority the need to talk about stewardship and giving in ACSA. Growing the Church was asked ‘to develop teaching materials and resources that can be used in parishes and church organisations that will help to deepen our understanding and practice of sacrificial giving.’ As a result, Growing the Church developed the two resources below:
- Stewardship Programme, Book 1: a Way of Life
- Stewardship Programme, Book 2: Empowered by Grace!