Covenant of Giving
Everything we have
comes from God
A tithe [tenth] of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
– Leviticus 27:30 (NIV)
Because we reap what we sow
The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
We invite you to celebrate the joy of generosity as you offer your Covenant of Giving commitment for the coming year. God encourages you to find greater contentment and simplicity in your life. As you put God first in your giving and living, you experience the joy that comes from knowing your gifts honor God and change lives. Our challenge as disciples is to find ways to grow deeper in our faith. One way to do this is to offer our financial resources to build God’s beloved community of love and hope through our tithes and offerings. Through these gifts, we invest in God’s vision and purpose and create an opportunity for God to work through us. Our gifts are acts of worship and are vitally necessary to change lives, transform communities, and build the progressive Christian movement.
The information below is also downloadable as a brochure here.
Why is giving important?
The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded that his followers serve not wealth but God, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will
hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions.
What is expected of me?
The Bible teaches us to give a tithe, or the first 10 percent of what we earn, to God and the church’s work. For some, giving one tenth is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10 percent. The important thing is that you start somewhere, that your giving be in proportion to your income, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering to God given your means, and that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God’s work. Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, if you now give 3 percent of your income, consider increasing your gift to 4 percent, and add at least 1 percent each year until you reach the tithing goal.
Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially to the ministries of the church and experience the joy and blessings that come from financial generosity.
Why do I need to return a Covenant of Giving card?
There are two reasons why it is important that every member and active supporter of our church family return a Covenant of Giving card. First, the process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment to serve the Lord with your financial gifts is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Second, on a more practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget and better plan for our ministries, key objectives, and mission and advocacy programs.
What if financial hardship prohibits me from making a commitment this year?
Don’t let your limited ability to give keep you from worship. Remember that God honors your faithfulness and that your acceptance at The Church of the Village is not based upon your capacity to give. We ask that everyone return a Covenant of Giving commitment. If your situation changes, you can always increase or decrease your commitment by calling the church office or alerting one of the pastors. Also, be sure to let our pastoral staff know of your situation so that they can pray for and support you in any challenge you face.
Why do I need to turn in a new commitment card each year?
Financial situations change from year to year, and if we are growing in our faith, our annual commitment should likewise reflect growth in our giving. Each year, our church budget is based upon the growing commitments of our congregation.
Scriptures tell us to share our gift
“Command those who are rich in this world… to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” - Paul’s first letter to Timothy