As the Senior Pastor at Zion I hear things through the grapevine!
I hear good things about Zion – from members, visitors and people from the surrounding area. Things are going really well at Zion. There are a few things I would attribute that to. One is the great people who are committed and excited about what we are doing. Another reason I think things are going so well is because every year we have a Fall Stewardship Emphasis. No, really – I mean that!
What Is A Fall Stewardship Emphasis?
Every fall at Zion we take about four weeks to focus on what we call a Fall Stewardship Emphasis. It is a focus on one specific aspect of our faith life, our financial giving back to God. At Zion, we are convinced that financial giving is just as important to our life and growth in faith as prayer, understanding scripture, and serving others! So, every fall we take about four weeks and narrow our focus to this one aspect of faith – financial giving back to God.
In our Fall Stewardship Emphasis we:
- Teach what the Bible says about giving and money
- Foster our spiritual growth and relationship with God
- Faithfully and responsibly plan for our ministries
- Respond to what God is calling us to do with our financial resources
Why Have A Fall Stewardship Emphasis?
Did you know that Jesus talked about money more than anything else? More than prayer, more than forgiveness, more than heaven or the Kingdom of God – Jesus talked about money and the role it plays in our lives. The scriptures are full of teaching about the connection between our faith and our finances.
By focusing our attention on our financial stewardship for these four weeks, we avoid having to talk about money year round. We ask for everyone who participates at Zion to indicate their intention about financial giving for the coming year, then we plan our budget accordingly. Zion has found that churches that skip this special emphasis need to continually be asking for people to give more all year long.
Our 2015 Fall Theme
This fall we will focus on how our use of the financial resources God has entrusted to us is really a response to God’s love.
Weekly Because of God’s Love themes will be:
- October 25: God’s Generous Love
- November 1: God’s Providing Love
- November 8: God’s Compassionate Love
- November 15: Gratitude For God’s Love
I look forward to focusing on this one aspect of our faith life with you. It is always a time of learning and growth and one of the really good things we do at Zion.