I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. - Philemon 1:6
As a church, we believe that we are called to respond to the generosity of the gospel by giving extravagantly to the progress of the gospel in our community and world. Biblical generosity is not about meeting budget needs. It is about a rich and trusting relationship with a living God. We express our faith and love to Him by honoring Him as the source of everything we have. Scriptural giving is performed with regularity, from the first portion of all we are given, as a proportion of our income, cheerfully, and without pressure or manipulation.
Tithing is our starting place in giving. The Bible teaches us about a baseline standard for giving: the tithe (a word that literally means a “tenth”). When we give the first 10% of our income through the local church, we put God first in our lives. Tithing is an act of worship that expresses our gratitude, faith, and love for others. God also encourages us to give offerings beyond our tithe to specific projects at our local church and to other organizations and causes that we personally believe in.
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There are certain things that you should get squared away no matter what your circumstances. A will is chief among them. A will tells the world exactly how you want your assets distributed when you die. It's also the best place to name guardians for your children. The other choices are less obvious without professional assistance but no matter your net worth, it's important to have a basic estate plan in place. Such a plan ensures that your family and financial goals are met after you die.
Taking inventory of your assets is a good place to start. Your assets include your investments, retirement savings, insurance policies, and real estate or business interests. These are the things that can either be used to bless your family and church or can be dwindled away by probate and taxes.
Determine who you want to inherit your assets. Also important is who do you want handling your financial affairs if you're ever incapacitated and making medical decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself?
Discussing your wishes and your plans together with your heirs may prevent disputes or confusion. Inheritance can be problematic if you are not clear about your intentions and take steps to avoid potential conflicts after you're gone.
Meet with your stewardship team to align the proper professional team to assist you with the final details for making your wishes legal and effective.
For more information on planning your future or to ask questions regarding your planning needs, please feel free to contact your Stewardship Team at 636-296-7729 ext 108.