Giving to Good Shepherd UMC
At Good Shepherd UMC, we have a dedicated team of people who oversee our financial practices and management. We follow best practices for local churches in our team-approach to weekly counting, deposits, and accountability. All of our finances are deposited in FDIC-insured banks and institutions. We have a Financial Manager who oversees our investments. We report our financial status through our Committee Structure on a regular basis, and provide donors with tax statements each January. Our givers range from $1 to thousands of dollars each year. We are honored to receive whatever you can give, and you can trust us to manage it appropriately for the Glory of God. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office so that we can connect you with the appropriate person on our Financial Team.
Why We Give
"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."
Methodism’s founder John Wesley said, "I look upon all the world as my parish." Wesley reminded us that we are called to step out of our little corner of the world to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and help God’s children wherever they may be.
While it would be wonderful if we could reach out personally to everyone who needs our help, we know that is impossible. So we gather regularly with our congregation and give financially and sacrificially so that our gifts stretch around the world.
Simply put, we give because God first gave to us. We give because we want to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and to live our lives authentically as Jesus demonstrated. We give to reach the least, the last, the lost, the marginalized in this world in the hope that one day we will all be rejoicing in heaven and have no more need or pain or suffering.
We give because we are blessed and want to give back a portion of our blessings to God. God is the ultimate giver. All we have actually belongs to God first and foremost. Giving is our opportunity to say "thank you" to God. When we realize that what we have doesn't really belong to us anyway, it is easy to give.
Some churches will tell you that you need to give a certain percentage of your income (generally 10%, called a "tithe"). But here at Good Shepherd, we ask you to give sacrificially-whatever that means to you. For some of us, that is $1 per week. For others, it is $20 or $100 or more. We encourage you to give sacrificially to the One who gives you life-God; and pray that God will help you to increase your giving over time in response to your relationship with God.
Where We Give
Below is a sample of the ministries your offerings and donations support. By no means is this an exhaustive list. Please explore our website to see more ways your gifts to Good Shepherd are used to serve God.
In our Congregation:
Ways to Give