Generosity is About Joy

Generosity changes us, filling us with joy and filling our lives with blessing. When we are generous with what we have, we find that unexpected blessings flow back into our lives, catching us by surprise.

We believe that generosity is a spiritual practice that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth. Through the giving of our financial resources we learn to rely less on ourselves and more on God. As our trust in God grows, we begin to see our use of money as a way to deepen our relationship with God. Our gifts demonstrate in a tangible way our love for God and our neighbor.


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As we learn to trust God more and more, we learn to live generously.


As we learn to live generously, we learn to trust God more and more.

Why We Give

IT’S A SPIRITUAL ISSUE
Generosity is directly linked to following Jesus. How we use our resources is a spiritual matter, not just a financial one. Our financial decisions are often a reflection of our priorities and what we value.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BUDGET
The temptation in the stewardship process is to approach the financial needs of the church from a fundraising perspective–to fund a budget. Our generosity perspective places more emphasis on the spiritual nature of the effort. God does not need our money; rather, we need to give it as an act of thanksgiving and trust.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO JESUS
Jesus spoke openly about the issue of money and possessions. As followers of Jesus, we should not be reluctant to talk about giving as an outward expression of our commitment to Christ.

IT’S ABOUT TRUST
As we grow in grace, we learn to depend less on ourselves and more on God: to relinquish attitudes and habits that impede our relationship with God.

An Approach to Giving

CULTIVATE
a deeper sense of generosity and gratitude.

PRAY
for God to lead you to trust him more, thank God for your blessings and ask for guidance and discernment. Join us online, Monday-Saturday at 7:00 am, where a member of our team will lead us in a time of prayer and devotion:

PREPARE
to give proportionately and systematically. Determine your current giving as a percentage of your income using the giving calculator, then set a goal. If you are not currently tithing (giving 10 percent of your income), start with a lower percentage and then plan to increase the percentage each year, growing toward the tithe. The important thing is to begin the spiritual discipline of regular, consistent giving.

ACT
discover the joy of giving by trusting God with your resources.

Tools.

Interactive Giving Calculator (our math skills are sketchy, at best)

We created this tool to help you make a plan for your giving this year. For some, this will mean contributing regularly for the first time. For others, it will mean increasing their giving. However, please be assured that EACH AND EVERY gift is a worthy and valuable one!

Simply enter your households annual income to see what intentional giving, tithing and extravagant giving looks like for your family. *Scroll to the right to see the entire chart*

Intentional Tithing Extravagant
Percentage of Income 2.5% 5% 8% 10% 12% 15%
Weekly (52x a year) $29 $48 $77 $96 $115 $144
Bi-Weekly (26x a year) $58 $96 $154 $192 $231 $288
Monthly (12x a year) $125 $208 $333 $417 $500 $625
Quarterly (4x a year) $375 $625 $1,000 $1,250 $1,500 $1,875
Total Annual Giving $1,500 $2,500 $4,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,500
2021 Generosity Brochure

Click here to download a pdf of the brochure.

Frequently asked.

What is an Estimate of Giving?

It’s exactly what it sounds like! An Estimate of Giving is an individual or family’s annual commitment to the church of their tithes and offerings.

What is a tithe?

A tithe is 10% of your income given specifically to your local church. (Fun fact: The word tithe literally means tenth in Hebrew.)

What ways can I give?

▶︎ DOWNLOAD THE APP

Manage and track your giving with the Shelby NEXT Giving app! Using the app you can view your giving history, manage recurring gifts and save payment method details.

Click to here to download the app from Google Play
Click here to download the app from the Mac App Store


▶︎ GIVE ONLINE at http://www.firstmethodist.org/give.

One-time gifts are simple to set up using a debit or credit card or from your bank account. and have the option to give via your checking account or debit/credit card.

Recurring gifts can be set up on a schedule that works for you. By setting up a bank transfer, you will save the church approximately 3% compared to credit card fees.


▶︎ TEXT TO GIVE text “FUMCBR” to 225-25 and follow instructions.


MAIL a check to FUMC, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

For questions or help with your financial giving, please Beth Fraser, Executive Director of Finance and Administration or call her at (225) 383-4777, ext. 216.

What happens if I need to change my 2021 Estimate of Giving?

Your Estimate of Giving is not a contract. It is a spiritual commitment. If your circumstances change and you need to decrease, or you would like to increase your pledge, you can call or email Beth Fraser, Executive Director of Finance and Administration at (225) 383-4777, ext. 216, and modify your pledge at any time. This helps ensure our records are accurate.