Faith In Action: Practicing Generosity

staff_Roger Partridge_150Do you practice the tithe? Most of us don’t talk about it much, but what these young adults have discovered is the huge positive impact on our spiritual life we receive when we regularly offer 10 percent of our income back to God.

I have several young co-workers that come to visit me on a regular basis. I enjoy their visits and am encouraged for the United Methodist Church that we have such gifted and devout clergy here in training. Recently, as I was rereading “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” by Robert Schnase, these co-workers came to mind because they deeply believe in — and practice — the tithe. Schnase says, “No one tithes accidentally. Extravagant generosity requires focused soul work, deep conviction, a mature spirit, learning, practice, and extraordinary intentionality.” Those words have now taken on a new dimension for me as I see extravagant generosity in action in these young adult co-workers! It is so inspiring to hear them talk about how they’re acting on what they learned at a young age — and hearing how and why they believe in the blessings of the tithe. Unlike many people of all ages who give (sometimes generously!) to the church because they know the church needs money to operate, this coming generation of givers understands that each of us also has a spiritual need to give. They realize that tithing is how we respond and celebrate God’s extravagant generosity! Give me a call at 817/339-5098 if you want to know more about this — it’s a deeply layered subject I never tire of exploring!  Click here to make an online gift to our church.

Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship

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