Paul encouraged generosity at all times: “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Stewardship – to serve as one who manages another’s property, finances or other affairs – is not just the means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.

The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God’s generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God’s economic resources.


John Wesley urged those in connection with him to “Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can.” He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of “methodists” took weekly offerings to help others in need.

Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God’s children… whenever and wherever we can – just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God’s outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.


Each year we ask members to complete an Annual Giving Commitment Card as we make plans for the coming year. Annual Giving supports our on-going ministries and operating expenses of the church. Annual commitments serve several purposes.
  • This is a time for individuals and families to spend time in prayer, reflecting on God’s blessings, and recommitting to loving God with your head, heart and hands.
  • On a practical level, this is a good time to review your financial budget and make sure it reflects your priorities.
  • Presenting our commitments to God is an act of worship we share as a community, as we ask God to bless and use our gifts.
  • For the church, annual giving commitments help us set ministry budgets for the coming year and make the most of the resources committed to God’s work through us.


How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?

  • Learn to set up and live by an annual budget.
  • Pray about your regular giving to God’s ministry and mission at Reservoir.
  • Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do.
  • Set up a schedule to eventually reach full tithing, or begin by tithing one week of every month.
  • Give your time, talents and financial aid to Missions and our community outreach.
  • Remember Reservoir in your will or estate plan.
  • Join the Stewardship and Generosity Team


The Stewardship and Generosity Team meets periodically to study new ways to enhance good stewardship and great generosity.