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Abundant Blessings Committee Brainstorms New Approaches to Church Stewardship »
A dialogue to address stewardship issues and create a program which would be shared with church members in the Rocky Mountain Conference began at the first meeting of the Abundant Blessing Committee May 24 in Denver. Begun after on a request made at the 2017 Constituency Meeting, the committee will examine ways to enhance the giving of tithes by church members among all age groups and will meet twice a year.
“The committee would function as a positive tool to educate and encourage our members in their stewardship journey,” said George Crumley, VP for Finance and Abundant Blessing Committee chair. The ministry of our church relies on such funding from tithes and offerings.
Made up of ten members, lay people, pastors and conference office employees, the committee discussed the flow of tithe within the Rocky Mountain Conference and how much is being sent to higher organizations such as, Mid America Union, North American Division and the General Conference.
According to results of NAD worldwide tithe report, in 2015, 47 percent of members were contributing tithe. Today’s financial situation requires a much better understanding of how the church uses its funds. Treasurer of Littleton Church and member of the Abundant Blessings Committee, Mindy Philpott, comments, “We need to understand how upcoming generations are motivated to give of both time and money and how their involvement impacts their community.”
The meeting focused on an assessment of the flow of tithe, as well as the brainstorming of ideas that encourage, cultivate, prepare, and inspire church members to give tithes and offerings steadfastly to the Lord. Commenting on his response to the committee, Boulder Pastor Japhet De Oliveira said, “I am very pleased that George Crumley has pulled together a group of people to start this process. I look forward to the collaboration that will take place over the next few months.”
Committee members are working to find a clear message that conveys the mission the Abundant Blessing Committee hopes to accomplish. “The dialogue of this committee will continue via e-mail as we seek to refine ideas into something that can be a blessing for our members throughout the conference,” Crumley commented. The committee will hold its second meeting in November.