The practice of generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. It describes lavish sharing, sacrifice, and giving in service to God and neighbor.
Every sanctuary and chapel in which we have worshiped, every church organ that has lifted our spirits, every pew where we have sat, every Communion rail where we have knelt, every hymnal from which we have sung, every praise band that has touched our hearts, every church classroom where we have gathered with our friends, every church kitchen that has prepared our meals, every church van that has taken us to camp, every church camp cabin where we have slept – all are the fruit of someone’s Extravagant Generosity.
We have been the recipients of grace upon grace. We are the heirs, the beneficiaries of those who came before us who were touched by the generosity of Christ enough to give graciously so that we could experience the truth of Christ for ourselves. We owe the same to generations to come. We have worshiped in sanctuaries that we did not build, so to us falls the privilege of building sanctuaries where we shall never worship.
People who practice Extravagant Generosity pray for their congregations to flourish in the ministry of Christ for children, youth, adults, members, and strangers near and far. There is a push the church to offer bold and vital ministries that transform the world, relieving suffering, deepening justice, encouraging love. And they give – regularly, generously, sacrificially, faithfully, and humbly.
Extravagant Generosity is not just about the church’s need to receive, but about the Christian’s need to give. Generosity is an essential quality of spiritual maturity and growth. The practice of Extravagant Generosity changes churches.
SHARE YOUR PRAYERS
Prayer brings us close to God so that through that relationship we might increasingly reflect God’s love in our lives. To find out more or become apart of a prayer group, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE YOUR PRESENCE
Your presence through worship, learning and fellowship are centering places for the church to become part of the community.
SHARE YOUR GIFTS
Tithing and other proportional giving are spiritual disciplines that help us put God first in our lives. It is right to give back to God what is rightful HIS. Find out more click here or click on on-line giving above.
SHARE YOUR SERVICE OF TALENT AND TIME
Everyone has special God-given talents. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus when you use your special gifts to meet a need. At Aldersgate you can find a place to share no matter your level of skill, time availability or spiritual development.
SHARE IN WITNESS
As United Methodists we are all called to extend God’s love to others and share our faith.
If you would like more information or would like to become involved in one of Aldersgate's many ministries, contact the church office at 919-477-0509 - or email@example.com