Just read the article, “Five Guidelines for Doing Good Well, by David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Dr. McAllister-Wilson begins his article with a quote from Tony Campolo during a recent luncheon meeting. I quote here: “David, do you know how many Christian organizations are at work in Haiti today? There are 900. And after 40 years of all that mission work, Haiti is no better off today.” “Why do you think that is?” I asked. He said: “Because they aren’t there to do good. They’re there to feel good.” (end quote)
McAllister-Wilson goes on to say he knew Campolo was saying that for shock value but acknowledges that the statement was rooted in some truth. As more local churches and individuals move into missional ventures beyond the Church’s national and international venues, McAllister-Wilson says, “This means congregations must change some fundamental assumptions. “Missions” is not a program we take on once we are strong enough. It is not discretionary spending. It is the basic need of the church. We have to prepare church leaders to be mission entrepreneurs and to acquire new knowledge and skills.” He goes on to outline some steps that churches should take in that direction.
The SC Conference of the United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program at this year’s Annual Conference, June 9 at the Florence Civic Center.
The year’s goal is to raise $72,000 which equates to 285,000 meals (food, supplies, and mailing of packaged meals). Any money contributed beyond the $72,000 will be given to local hunger ministries through the SC Conference Board of Global Ministries.
Please help stop worldwide hunger:
Donate through your church
Make individual contributions
Donate through your civic organization
Volunteer to help with the meal packaging
Donate online at http://www.umcsc.org or make checks payable to and mail to: SC Conference Treasurer, PO Box 3787, Columbia, SC 29230. (Mark SC Hunger Project in the item line.)
Additional information, including how to volunteer to help package the meals, is available on the information flyer. Click on the picture to open the information flyer.
Rev. Dwayne Bruce , pastor of Beulah AME Church in Sumter, SC, published an article in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership on how his church changed the mindset and tradition regarding stewardship.
His thesis is a congregation’s giving pattern can be redirected from one of appeal and response to one of spiritual and covenantal stewardship when they understand how their giving expands and builds from their relationship to God.
Rev. Bruce developed a stewardship intervention that “…consisted of a series of midweek Bible studies and Sunday sermons exploring the human-Divine relationship, focused on the following topics: 1) Connection to God: Understanding the connection between God and ourselves; 2) God’s Property: Determining what belongs to God and what belongs to us; 3)Worshipping God: Cultivating an understanding of the covenantal importance of worshipping God; and 4) Giving to God: Connecting the essential element of worship with sacrificial giving.
He reports positive results both in giving and in attendance following this “intervention.”