WHY DO YOU GIVE?

 

Christians give through their church for many reasons, including—but not limited to the following:

• We give because God first gave to us.         • We give because we love God.

• We give because it is what Christians do.     • We give because it is what United Methodists do.

• We give to make ministry and mission happen.

• We give because, together, we can do what no one individual or congregation can do separately.

 

We give because it is what United Methodists do.

Did you know that giving generously to help persons in need is something Methodists, United Brethren and Evangelicals—the three roots of The United Methodist Church—did from their beginnings? John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement and a primary influence in the founding of the United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Association, urged the practice of sound financial stewardship. He expected his followers to do three things:
 

• Earn all you can.

• Save all you can.

• Give all you can.
 

John Wesley modeled this stewardship. When his income increased, he continued his simple lifestyle and gave the surplus money to Methodist efforts to spread the gospel and help persons in need. 

The Methodist congregation can continue that tradition of stewardship and generous giving. We do mission and ministry best when we do it together. We give to make this happen

 

Why do you give?

 

(Portions from Why We Give, The people of The United Methodist Church, www.umcgiving.org)
 
 

        used by permission of Westlake UMC, TX
 
 
 
 
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