What Bethany believes about stewardship

Bethany Church believes that the Bible teaches that members should be cheerful givers of the resources the Lord has blessed us with. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

We believe the Bible teaches that we should tithe, that is, give a tenth of our income to the work of the church. And although at first the idea of giving that much of our income to the church might seem impossible, the Lord will bless our efforts to reach that goal. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Micah 3:10)

At Bethany we follow a Unified Budget philosophy of managing our finances. We do not encourage designated giving. Instead we ask each member to give to the whole work of the church. The Elders, as elected by the congregation, are charged with prayerfully managing the offerings received to advance the mission of the church. “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)