Matawan United Methodist Church - Let us pray for you!
Friday, December 15, 2017
 

Stewardship

 
 
As United Methodists we are asked to give our time, talents and treasure to help fulfill our obligation as Christian stewards. I don’t have to tell you that these three items are manifested locally at Matawan United Methodist Church with our burgeoning food pantry and the Giving Tree to name a couple.
 
What you may not know is that we help move forward the Christian mission throughout the world upon the direction of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Collectively, all United Methodist churches contribute to the shared ministry funds, formerly called apportionments. They have chosen several missions and ministries around the world that we help contribute to with our treasure. Here is a brief description of each:
 
World Service Fund – This supports local church work for all, provides leadership for ministry with youth, and assures United Methodists work together to help encourage an ethical, just and human world as well as giving Methodists a presence in the media.
 
Africa University Fund – This continues the development of the first private university for people from all over Africa while providing many areas of study.
 
Black College Fund – This fund assists with maintaining these institutions which prepare and educate African-Americans based on academic excellence based on the Christian perspective of community service and social responsibility.
 
General Administration Fund – This fund underwrites the work of the General Conference. This includes administration, the Judicial Council overseeing church law, maintaining United Methodists official documents to name a few things.
 
Ministerial Education Fund – In a nutshell this fund helps to provide financial support to the recruitment and education of our future pastors and bishops. It helps support those in seminary as well as pastors seeking continued education.
 
As you can see we use our gifts to serve others not just around the corner in our community but around the world as well. By contributing to these shared ministry funds, we are not just a local church, we are a connectional church that can accomplish together what a single church could never do alone.
 
              
I Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.”
 
               
Quite often, when we talk of stewardship, we think in physical terms. We think of the Sunday offering. This is important for us to manage. Without these offerings there might not be a sanctuary such as ours to worship in, a pastor to minister to us, a fellowship hall for our gatherings and functions. Without our good stewardship of the monetary gifts we bring in, we might not be able to have a Food Pantry to feed the hungry or provide Christmas gifts to those less fortunate through our Giving Tree. 
 
We need to be good stewards of this great gift, Jesus. This means sharing the love of Jesus, loving our neighbors and setting aside time for fellowship. It means letting others know about Jesus and allotting time for our own Bible study. It means we give time to our ministries and outreach. This love of Jesus is far reaching. And part of remaining faithful is our responsibility as Christian stewards to share it.
 
Paul said to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 4:2: “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
 
 
With this in mind, be richly blessed,