Stewardship

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

-1 Timothy 6:17-19

1H 2019-20 Stewardship Update: October 2019

 

October 2019

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,

 

MAKING PROGRESS DESPITE CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. First of all, we would like to apologize for skipping the first quarter report for the 2019-2020 financial year due to an unusually hectic summer, and we promise to maintain regular, quarterly communication going forward. We do, however, have cautiously optimistic results to report for the first half:

 

•    Total donation income down only 2% compared to 1H last year given the current challenges in HK
•    Record number of new pledges (double digit increase) in 1H
•    Mild increase in the number of Autopay instructions

 

Two years ago, we established a goal to have no shortfalls at any point throughout the church fiscal year. Whilst that was achieved for the first time at the same point last year with a small surplus of HKD28,514, that could be attributed to partial staff vacancy during the period. With a full team on board now, the Stewardship Committee is of the view that this is a more accurate reflection of our church’s operating cost base going forward, and hence the current shortfall of under HKD500,000 should not be viewed as a setback per se.

 

Having said that, we clearly have more work to do in building Stewardship as a spiritual discipline, not so much for the church’s financial health’s sake, but rather for the entire congregation’s benefit of correctly seeing ourselves as recipients and conduits of God’s provision and blessings, doing away the need to hoard or fear.

 

ORGANIC TOOLS FOR GROWTH

 

A new, four-part Stewardship themed Life Group curriculum accompanied with videos has been organically developed based on the book “Lost and Found: Money vs. Riches” – please speak to your Life Group leader about it. Our church has also partnered with Family First HK in rolling out their pilot Generous Family Journey Day Camp where parents and children of 8 year old and above learn together about Biblical stewardship, time, emotional and financial generosity through sharing, intra-family money stories, art, games, and a two-hour outreach component. 

 

Jesus said that where people place their treasure shows where we’ll find their hearts, and that we can only serve either God or Mammon as our master.  We give thanks to Jehovah Jireh (God who provides), in recognition of Him as the ultimate source and provider of everything that we have in our possession. We can also take comfort from 1 Samuel 2:30 that God will honor those who honor Him, particularly as we let go and let God by trusting and obeying His word in this often tricky area.

 

A NEW SEASON

 

Last, but not least, we would like to thank Kofi Owusu-Ansah for his contributions serving on the Stewardship Committee in the past several years, and please join us in praying with him for even greater success in his new ministry areas. At the same time, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our Council Vice-Chair Felicia Wai joining us on board, and we look forward to her fresh perspective and enthusiasm.

 

In Christ,

The Stewardship Committee
Sheila Chuang
Steve Gaultney
Kim Ho
Harriet Holbrook
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Candy So
Felicia Wai
Wade Wollin