4th February 2021
As a part of King's Vision Sunday last October, we set a target of £2 million for this financial year (Sept 2020 to August 2021).
It is not always easy to talk about money in our culture as it tends to be seen as something that is intensely private. Yet it is an area of our lives which God cares about deeply – how we steward our money is an important part of discipleship. Nearly 25% of Jesus’ words in the New Testament deal with biblical stewardship; one out of ten verses in the Gospels deals with money. In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul offers some advice about giving:
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1 Corinthians 16:2
In these verses, Paul is setting out three important principles regarding giving:
1. Our giving should be regular (‘On the first day of every week’)
2. Giving involves us all (‘each one’)
3. How much we give should be in accordance with what we earn (‘a sum of money in keeping with your income’)
Over the last 25 years I have had the privilege of leading a very generous church, and I have taught regularly on the subject of giving. I believe a good starting point is to give 10%, save 10%, live off 80%. Or, as John Wesley famously said, ‘Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.’ If you would like to understand more about King’s philosophy of giving, please have a look at this interview I did with Charles, our Beckenham Site Leader, a few years ago.
So far this year, we are making good progress towards meeting our target of £2 million. Five months into the church financial year we have given £828,000. This is an encouraging start, particularly in the current economic climate, although we are a little behind where we would like to be at this time of year.
Lastly, a reminder that through our Love Your Neighbour initiative, we are working alongside local Christians Against Poverty (CAP) services to offer money and debt advice. They run an excellent four-week course which covers subjects such as managing and getting out of debt and setting a budget. Take a look at the short video below or go to our Love Your Neighbour page if you’d like to know more.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.