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:
Electronic Funds Transfer
- 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.
- 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 monthly, on the 1st and 16th, weekly, and every two weeks.
- Fund options include the General Fund, Building Fund, Mission Funds, Memorial Fund, and Zion Foundation.
- Zion pays a service fee plus a credit card processing fee on each transaction.
- 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 Zelle or Venmo, please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What God is really after is the heart attitude in our giving. In some circumstances God’s spirit may lovingly prompt you to stretch to the limits of your ability and you will adjust your budget to meet that special calling. But the Lord does not make such demands on every believer. The Lord asks us to give proportionately. Now you should carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it. Give whatever you can according to what ... more
- “Giving to God” is the title of a great book by Mark Allen Powell (Eerdmans Publishing) which talks quite plainly about the connection between our faith, our finances and our spiritual growth. Powell suggests that, giving of our financial resources back to God is both a duty of the Christian life and a delight of the Christian life. I recommend that you read the book. “Giving To God” is also the theme of our 2018 Fall Stewardship Emphasis. What Is a ... 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.