What is Generosity?
Tithing is a spiritual practice that demonstrates willingness to offer every dimension of one’s life to God.
Doctrine and Covenants 165:2d
Community of Christ members and friends seek to reflect the words of this scripture in our everyday lives. The following affirmations guide us:
Generosity is a spiritual practice of proactive participation in the circle of giving—a circle of receiving and giving in recognition that in the welfare of other, resides our welfare.
Generosity is not about an amount. Generosity is about a rhythm of life that regularly and intentionally shares from what we have for the benefit of others.
God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God's will. open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare. (Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a)
FINANCES AND THE CHURCH
It takes resources to support the life and ministry of the church. Community of Christ members take an active role, not just in funding the church, but in making decisions about how finances are administered and directed. We recognize that we all benefit from the infrastructure we collectively support (business services, resource production, education, administration, and more) and we strive to share equally with both local (congregation/mission center) and world church.
Members and friends decide how they want their contributions allocated to local ministries (congregations), mission center, and world church. Congregations are the stewards of all monies received at the local level. Members take an active role in shaping budgets at all levels of the church, which includes information sessions, discussion, debate, amendments, and vote. All finances are transparent at every level of the church. The process of Common Consent is actively lived out in business meetings according to the principles of a theocratic democracy and the application of Roberts Rules of Order to make certain that all voices are heard, and to especially protect the minority voice (the least represented opinion in any discussion or debate). This happens at congregation, mission center, and world church conferences where legislation of all types, including financial budgets, is presented for discussion and approval. There is no expectation that every piece of legislative business will receive approval.
Find the latest World Church Financial Reports here.
For information about your congregation and mission center budgets visit their website or contact your financial officer (congregation and/or mission center).
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