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Stewardship Sermon 14NOV2010

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Presentation before Stewardship Sunday. "Everything is Mission," some background on Per Capita and Unified Mission Budget in the PCUSA.

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Stewardship Sermon 14NOV2010

  1. 1. Yet we are unique one person in a big crowd What difference do I make?
  2. 2. Created by God God created humankind in his image. (Genesis 1:27) Yet we are unique Created for God You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
  3. 3. Created for a purpose The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism) Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) Enjoy You glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel (2 Corinthians 9:13) Glorify
  4. 4. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others. 2 Corinthians 9:11-14
  5. 5. In the Presbyterian tradition the people of God are organized and empowered to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ through the local church. The church is the Body of Christ The church is the people
  6. 6. The mission of the church is known from God’s activity in the world as seen in the witness of scripture and in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The church is called to tell the good news of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, proclaiming in word and deed that the kingdom of heaven is near and God is still at work in the world.
  7. 7. proclaiming the good news taking part in the life and worship of the church praying and studying the scriptures supporting the work of the church with money, time, and talents participating in governing responsibilities demonstrating a new quality of life – living in faith serving others working for God’s peace and justice in the world Members are Ministers who carry out the mission of the church by:
  8. 8. Supporting the work of the church with money, time, and talents
  9. 9. First Presbyterian Church Expense Budget Items Salaries and Benefits Operations Property Per Capita Christian Education Outreach Fellowship Worship Mission (includes General Mission pledge)
  10. 10. Two streams of giving out of the local church General Mission Pledge shared resources from local churches for the mission of the whole church Per Capita provides Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly with funds for operating expenses and administrative personnel
  11. 11. General Mission Pledge General Mission Pledge is included in our Mission Committee budget. Our check goes to the Presbytery office. Distribution: 66% Presbytery 3% Synod 31% General Assembly
  12. 12. Mission Budget Presbytery & Synod Presbytery (66%) Kirkmont Center Networks: e.g. Campus Ministry, Medical Mission, Columbian Partnership, Multi-Cultural, Urban Ministry, Youth Korean New Church Development Hispanic Ministry Synod (3%) Ministries in Higher Education: Campus Ministry, Scholarships Development and Transformation Shared Grants Mobile Health Fair Midwest Ministry Development Ohio Council of Churches
  13. 13. Mission Budget: General Assembly (31%)
  14. 14. Per Capita The local church shares in the costs that belong to the whole church: e.g., administrative, ecclesiastical, legislative, and judicial. 2011 Per Capita 15.50 Presbytery 3.25 Synod 6.50 General Assembly $25.25 Per Capita Assessment
  15. 15. Per Capita is used for Personnel: salaries and benefits Office space and supplies Administrative fees and expenses Legal services Communication and Publication: equipment, materials, postage Meetings of the Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly: travel, facility, accommodations Travel Ecumenical relations (participation expenses not programs) PCUSA College and Seminary shared expenses Ordination examinations (GA level)
  16. 16. Two streams of giving out of First Presbyterian Church General Mission Pledge ($6,000 in 2010) shared resources from local churches for the mission of the whole church Per Capita (about $4,000 annually) provides Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly with funds for operating expenses and administrative personnel
  17. 17. Our Funding of General Mission Pledge and Per Capita General Mission Pledge ($6,000 in 2010) Included in Mission Committee benevolences. Per Capita (about $4,000 annually) Our assessment is based on our active membership roll. 2011 assessment is $25.25 per active member.
  18. 18. Created for a purpose The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism) Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) Enjoy You glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel (2 Corinthians 9:13) Glorify
  19. 19. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others. 2 Corinthians 9:11-14
  20. 20. In the Presbyterian tradition the people of God are organized and empowered to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ through the local church. The church is the Body of Christ The church is the people
  21. 21. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord Make his deeds known among the nations Proclaim his name Isaiah 12
  22. 22. The mission of the church is known from God’s activity in the world as seen in the witness of scripture and in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The church is called to tell the good news of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, proclaiming in word and deed that the kingdom of heaven is near and God is still at work in the world. Everything the church does is Mission
  23. 23. We are all ministers as we carry out the mission of the church. The ways we share our gifts (time, talent, treasure) is Stewardship.
  24. 24. We were made for a purpose to joyfully glorify God God is glorified when we live as he calls us providing for others through the Body of Christ Stewardship is how we share God’s gifts to proclaim God's love
  25. 25. What difference does one person make? What difference do I make? When I consider all of God's gifts to me ... And as I consider my gifts of time, talent, and treasure What am I willing to: Give to God? Give for God?

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