By Barb Koelling, Regional Treasurer
I share my thoughts as a fellow Christian who is trying to make sense of our current situation, not as an expert about stewardship.
Just because we are not meeting face to face does not mean we have ceased to be the Church. Our ministries continue and are especially important during this time of uncertainty and anxiety concerning COVID-19. Ministers, lay leaders, and staff are working countless hours to provide on-line opportunities for worship services, prayer groups, bible studies, and more to fulfill the spiritual needs of congregations. Many folks are faithfully providing support to those in our communities who need the basics to survive during this time.
The importance and support of existing ministries that will continue throughout and beyond this crisis is significant. Stewardship of our resources is not only vital to our ministries, it is vital to who we are as faithful followers of Christ. The isolation and loss of income created by the COVID-19 crisis presents challenges to our ability to be heartfelt stewards. Financial stewardship needs to be encouraged in a manner that does not create more anxiety or guilt that would add to the stress of the situation.
Sunday services regularly include an offertory experience that reminds us that when we offer back the gifts we are given by God, our hearts are filled. That experience can continue during our on-line services. During the offertory time, include the ways people can continue their stewardship in lieu of passing the offertory tray. Give the church address for those wanting to mail in their gifts. If your church has a drop box, make sure the location is known. Explain your on-line giving opportunities. You may have other options to offer as well. Provide the means for people to continue to offer their gifts that will help to continue the important ministries we share.
Give to the ministries of the regional church and the Disciples Center at Tawakoni online here or mail your check to the Topeka Regional Office, 2914 SW MacVicar, Topeka, KS 66611-1787.
Expert stewardship resources are available through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). One of those resources is The Center for Faith and Giving (centerforfaithandgiving.org). Contact Rev. Bruce A. Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving, at [email protected] for more information.
Our prayers continue as we navigate our way through this trying time.