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					AN ADVENTIST THEOLOGY
     OF OFFERINGS




Erika F Puni, PhD
Stewardship Ministries Director
General Conference
“Stewardship is ALL of me in response to ALL of God”

   NARROW VIEW              BROAD VIEW

   Tithes & Offerings Lordship of Christ

    Church Member             God as God

        Behavior                 Values

   Pocket and Wallet             Heart

        Program                 Lifestyle
Jesus Is Lord Of All

                  Worship

                  Leadership

                  Relationships

                  Possessions

                  Finances

                  Language
 God, Offerings And Giving
1.Giving is central to God’s nature
2.God gave first in everything
3.God gave the best in Jesus Christ
4.God’s giving saves us from the death
5.God expects and will accept the best
  from His people
6.Freewill offerings are an expression
  of the giving of one’s self first to God
   The Nature of Offerings
1.Offerings are tangible expressions of a
  heart commitment to God
2.What is given is something of value
  and meaning – it has a cost to the giver
3.There is a benefit or blessing
  associated with the giving of offerings
4.Offerings is a means of thanksgiving
  and praise to God
5.Worship and joy are common
  denominators in the giving of offerings
      Jesus and Offerings
1.Jesus received and accepted gifts of
  worship and thanksgiving
2.For Jesus, giving to God must be
  consistent with our love for others
3.In giving, the motive and condition of
  the heart matters
4.Giving is both personal and communal
5.Worship includes giving in support of
  Christian ministry and the poor
        Acceptable Giving
1. Giving of our total self to God
2. Giving that recognizes that God is first
3. Expression of faith and total trust in God
4. Response of love to God’s saving grace
5. Voluntary act from a grateful heart
6. Reflection of commitment to the mission
   and ministry of God through the church
7. Outflow of a right relationship with God
   and my neighbor
8. Giving is spontaneous, systematic and
   sacrificial
  Expressions of Financial
       Stewardship
    TITHE            OFFERINGS
 Belongs to God       Belongs to God
    It is holy           It is holy
 God specifies it     Believer sets it
 Act of worship       Act of worship
Spiritual response   Spiritual response
 Express loyalty     Express gratitude
        Giving Paradigm
      OLD                    NEW
  Financial Matter         Spiritual Act

   Focus on Self           Focus on God

   Work oriented          Grace oriented
Emphasize obligation    Emphasize lordship

Maintenance driven        Mission driven

Members are Donors     Members are Stewards
 DONORS or STEWARDS
   DONORS                STEWARDS
   It’s About Me          It’s About God

   It’s My Money          It’s God’s Gifts

   It’s My Project        It’s God’s Work
   I’m In Control        God’s In Control

Giving Is In-frequent   Giving Is A Lifestyle

The Amount Matters      The Heart Matters
Seventh-day Adventist Practice

      Tithe        10% or 1/10th

    Freewill       + More than Tithe
                   = Equal to Tithe
    Offerings      - Less than Tithe

   Charity and     + More than Tithe
                   = Equal to Tithe
  Project Giving   - Less than Tithe
          Freewill Giving
1.Is giving that recognizes God’s
  blessings that comes freely through His
  grace in Jesus Christ (Deut 16:17)
2.Is giving that goes out of a heart full of
  gratitude and joy because of the love of
  God in Christ (2 Corinthians 8:12)
Freewill giving is NOT about giving nothing;
 but the choice to give beyond the minimal
                    (tithe).
      Systematic Giving
1.Is planned giving NOT impulse giving
2.It starts with the return of tithe
3.Follows with giving of offerings
4.Make allowance for project giving
5.Understands global and local needs
6.Is regular giving
7.Always focus on God and mission
 Tithes and        GC
                         General Conference
  Offerings
flow up and                     ???
                 DIVISION
  down the
   Church
                                  ???
  structure      UNION

              CONFERENCE                ???

                                        ???
              LOCAL CHURCH

     SDA ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
       Stewardship Strategy
                 Stewardship
Offering Systems Education     Information and
                               Communication
                                     Strategy




                  Pastor

              Local Church
   Our Stewardship Message
God made all things and He has sustained
them by His power. As Creator God He owns
everything including us – the totality of our
human life and experience. This God – Jesus
Christ - is Savior and King of the universe. As
His subjects, we live for Him; and our purpose
in life is to honor Him by surrendering our
hearts and everything that we are and have to
His control. As stewards of His kingdom,
we’re also partners with Him in His mission in
the world to make disciples of all peoples.
       Department Contact
Penny Brink   -    Assistant Director
  Email: BrinkP@gc.adventist.org

Mario Nino   -    Associate Director
 Email: Ninom@gc.adventist.org

Erika Puni    -     Director
  Email: PuniE@gc.adventist.org

Website: www.adventiststewardship.com

				
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