Pathways to Generosity is the title for this year’s generosity initiative for the 2024 ministry support of St James Church. Pathways to Generosity is about giving from a grateful heart to partner in ministry that changes people’s lives. It is not about giving to fund the church’s budget. Using The Giving Path as a model, Pathways to Generosity invites people to move along the path as they grow in their giving and deepen their faith. Based on biblical principles, each of us will be invited to pray, “God, where do You want me to be in my giving?” as we seek to grow in our life of discipleship.
You are invited to go on a journey of discovery and prayer during Lent. We will all be reading the devotional book, Practicing Extravagant Generosity as we are challenged to examine generosity from a biblical perspective. We will hear giving stories from people who are in different places along The Giving Path and learn how they have come to understand giving as an expression of their faith.
When we take a step along the Giving Path, we are moving forward in our spiritual journeys and deepening our relationship with God. Here is an illustration of The Giving Path.
Giver: I give when I can. Intentional Giver: I plan and give a percent of my income. Growing Giver: I increase the percentage of my income, moving towards a 10% tithe. Tither: I begin to give a tithe. Extravagant Giver: I give beyond the tithe.
How much should you give? That’s between you and God. Prayer should be the focus as you seek the answer to this question: “God, where do You want me to be in my giving?” This promises to be an exciting time in the life of St. James.
God, help me to see all the blessings in my life. I come to you with an open and grateful heart. Teach me to be a good steward of all that I have. Open my eyes and my heart to see all the opportunities around me. Fill my heart and let me respond in every situation with an attitude of worship and a spirit of generosity.
Renew my faith as I ask,
“God, where do you want me to be in My giving?” Amen.