We want to say THANK YOU Christ Church for your faithful giving so far in 2019. Senior Pastor Shane Stanford is introducing us to a new video series, The Steward’s Key. In this brief video, Shane offers both a lesson and a challenge to us.
Jesus Christ is God's greatest gift to us. Stewardship tells us to share a portion of our time, talent and treasure so that the Gift, Jesus Christ, may be given to those who do not know Him.
Stewardship is based on God’s Word, not on the fundraising needs of the church.
Stewardship is based on an individual’s need to give back out of gratitude, not on the church’s need to receive.
Stewardship is based on the premise that all we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way to thank Him for all His blessings, we are called to return a portion of what He has allotted to us.
A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.
Each member of the church shares a responsibility for its mission. As Christians we are called to look outward and to place ourselves at the service of the entire human community, especially those who are in most need.
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.
Giving to the Church
The Bible teaches us to plan to give and to give systematically. In the verses below, notice the key words (i.e. “set aside”) that indicate that we are to plan, or pledge, to give.
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (Deuteronomy 14:22) Setting aside a regular tithe can keep God at the top of our priority list and give us a proper perspective on everything else we have.
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. (Proverbs 3:9)
Make your pledge to give God the first 10 percent of your income, not the leftovers. This demonstrates that God, not possessions, has first place in our lives and that our resources belong to Him. Giving to God first helps us conquer greed, helps us properly manage God’s resources and opens us up to receive God’s special blessing.
Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
(1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
Paul suggests that believers set aside, or pledge, a certain amount each week and give it to the church.
Each year, Christ Church constructs an annual operating budget. Our members’ contributions to the operating budget have a wide-reaching impact!
The best, most effective way to increase ministry work is to increase the annual contribution to the operating budget. The Bible teaches: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. (Malachi 3:10)
The operating budget supports the church’s missions and outreach, missionaries, ministries, discipleship opportunities and day-to-day operations. In addition, each area of ministry in the church requires a portion of the building, administration, apportionments and personnel resources. All of this depends on our members’ systematic, regular giving of their tithes and offerings.
In addition to tithing, donors may give to ministries in Christ Church that have approved funds for designated gifts. The gifts are used for compelling programs that require help above and beyond the annual operating budget.
Current approved special funds include:
Bouknight Fund for Church Improvement: Named for former Senior Minister Bill Bouknight and his wife Gloria, this fund is used for facilities needs including capital expenditures, maintenance and repair and church beautification.
Children’s Ministry Fund: Used for needs for our children and nursery.
Christ Church Global: Used to support media and resourcing to provide a connection to Christ Church for anyone from anywhere.
Community Life Fund: Used for needs for adult ministries, adult education, Community Life groups and discipleship training.
Marston Benevolence Fund: Used to provide confidential assistance to people within our church family or community who are facing short-term financial challenges. A special benevolence offering is taken during communion services.
Missions Fund: Used for missionary support, mission trip scholarships and mission partner support.
Music & Worship Fund: Used to enhance the worship experience with guest musicians, special programs and accoutrements.
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund: Used by the Senior Minister to provide assistance to church members who are having financial difficulties and gifts for organizations or Christ Church ministries that support the mission and vision of the church.
Prayer Ministry Fund: Used to promote prayer and educate the congregation on prayer.
Recreation Ministry Fund: Used for recreation equipment, scholarships and special sports and recreation programs.
Student Ministry Fund: Used for needs for our Middle School and Senior High students.
Trustee Fund: Used for significant improvements for maintenance, capital improvement, mechanical equipment and building structure.
Memorials and Honorariums
Memorial or honorarium gifts provide a lasting tribute to those who are important to us.
A gift can be a loving memorial to a family member, friend or spiritual mentor.
It can be a tribute to honor some person who has touched your life in a special way.
It can be for the recognition of a special event or occasion that has a special meaning for you or our church (e.g., Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays).
A memorial or honorarium may be designated for ministry areas that hold special interest for those we want to honor or remember. (See Designated Giving section above.)
Gifts should be made to Christ Church Memphis with information clearly stating the name of the fund and the person(s) to be remembered or honored. To discuss your gift or to seek more information, please contact Jan Ferguson at (901) 261-4323.