What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is simply the act of managing the resources God has given us. Here at Zion we believe that it is an integral part of our faith walk. Stewardship is a spiritual issue that needs to be nurtured just like any other aspect of our lives. Closely related to our attitude about giving of our time, talents and possessions, it is not something to be feared. Those of us who have embarked on an intimate walk with Christ have found that “Giving is Good for the Giver.” We invite you to join us on this journey of discovery and growth.
Zion seeks to fulfill an ambitious mission, which calls for a strong stewardship program. The two goals are closely related. Jesus is well aware of the importance of giving. Of the forty-two parables Jesus used in His ministry, twenty-five of them dealt with how we use our possessions. While He talks about prayer in the Bible 372 times, He talks about possessions and giving 2,172 times! We are challenged to give of our first fruits by setting aside gifts for God’s ministry before we spend on ourselves, and we are challenged to give sacrificially using the tithe (ten percent of our income) as a biblical benchmark.
Electronic and Online Giving
Don’t carry a checkbook anymore? Zion has a couple of different options available for giving electronically, eliminating check writing and helping you stay on track with your planned giving. But there are differences, and it is important to choose the tool that works best for you:
Contributions are billed to your credit card or debit card either immediately or according to your chosen schedule. ACH option is also available.
- Set up your giving online through your InFellowship account (the same account used to register for events or access the member directory).
- Schedule options are weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.
- Fund options include the General Fund, Building Fund, Mission Funds, Memorial Fund, and Zion Foundation.
- Change your giving any time through your InFellowship account.
- Download a giving statement for this year or last year
To use an online payment service like Venmo, please use the email address email@example.com.
Electronic Funds Transfer
Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account, according to your chosen schedule.
- Set up your giving by filling out a paper authorization form and providing a cancelled check.
- Schedule options are the 1st and/or 15th of each month.
- Fund options are the General Fund and Building Fund.
- Zion pays a set service fee to provide this option to members.
- Change your giving by filling out a new authorization form.
- Did you know that you don’t have to limit your electronic giving to just the General Fund or the Building Fund? In addition to the General and Building funds, Zion maintains a Special Projects account with over 50 specific line item ministries and programs. We recently updated online giving options. Zion’s Giving Website Here are just a few of the options you now have to give directly to a program or ministry: General Fund Building Fund donation Mission Donation Zion Foundation Donation Cemetery Fund Seasonal Donation CYF Ministry ...more
- If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Confucius There are many ways that giving is beneficial to the giver: gratitude, cooperation, social connection, health. In this article, I will focus on recent studies of giving and happiness. As the purse is emptied the heart is filled. Victor Hugo Studies comparing donors and non-donors indicate that those who give report that they are 43% happier than those who do not give. In addition ...more
General Fund: Operating expenses / day to day expenses like staff salaries, synod support, and committee expenses.
Building Fund: Building mortgage expenses.
Special Envelopes: Extra envelopes such as Global Mission and World Hunger gifts, Sunday School & Cemetery.