From the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation - Stewardship Best Practices, August 2018

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is initiating Stewardship Challenge Grant 2.0. The purpose of the grants is to encourage and reward churches (up to $2000 over three years) for using best practice of stewardship. Best practices (BPs) are procedures that are accepted or proven correct or most effective. (Check out the BPs at Ask your church’s stewardship contact whether your church is getting this free money.

Why bother with best practices? Isn’t what we are doing good enough? In a word, no. Among the core activities of any church is moving people toward fully committed discipleship.

However, according to the Gallup Organization, only about one in five church members is a fully committed disciple*. Yet, Gallup has shown that committed disciples are more satisfied with their lives, do more inviting of others to church events, spend more time volunteering in their communities, and give more financially. Stewardship best practices help us move toward Christian perfection, as John Wesley encouraged us to do. What will you do to increase your own spiritual commitment? What will you do to increase the spiritual commitment of others in your congregation?

* A fully committed disciple will strongly agree with most of these statements: 1) I spend time in worship or prayer every day, 2) My faith is involved in every aspect of my life, 3) Because of my faith, I have forgiven people who have hurt me deeply, 4) Because of my faith, I have meaning and purpose in my life, 5) My faith has called me to develop my given strengths, 6) I will take unpopular stands to defend my faith, 7) My faith gives me an inner peace, 8) I speak words of kindness to those in need of encouragement, 9) I am a person who is spiritually committed.

Sue Koch