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

Stewardship 2023-2024 3rd Quarter Update

January 2024

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,

 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. The following are financial results for the first nine months of the 2023-2024 church fiscal year through December 31st:

 

• Total donation income was HKD 6,031,447 vs HKD 6,195,214 for the same period last year
• Actual donation decreased by 2.6% from the same period last year (HKD 5,807,370 vs HKD 6,094,609)
• Total expenditure was 10.9% higher in the first nine months (HKD 6,303,911 vs HKD 5,681,684 for the same period last year) primarily due to normalized staff expenses

 

We have observed over the years that there is a consistent seasonality in the donation income pattern, so we will continue to trust in God’s provision, notwithstanding the current shortfall of HKD 1,320,972 (vs HKD 791,599 for the same period last year) is the highest since COVID.

 

If you consider Community Church to be your church home, we invite you to consider making a commitment to regular financial support as part of your spiritual journey (please click here to access the give section in the church website).

 

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, whether you are back attending in person or online. Our alignment in trusting that it is God who gives us the ability to generate wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) is of utmost importance should we wish to live without fear and anxiety.

 

As Christians, money is not an aim in itself, but a means to enable us to grow God’s Kingdom, to visit the prisoners, to comfort the sick, and to give care to those who need it, from the orphans to the elderly. Serving and building the Kingdom of God is our genuine privilege.

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Be blessed to bless others.

 

In Christ,
The Stewardship Committee