TWO GIFTS FOR YOUR PARISH
BY BISHOP QUIGG LAWRENCE
Gift #1: Better Stewardship and Increased Giving to Your Local Church
I have been in parish ministry since 1983 and ordained since 1985. One of the biggest challenges and anxiety producers I have battled in 31 years is our church finances.
Why do Christians “tip” rather than give generously to God?
Why does the average congregant give 1.5% or less of their total income to their local church?
What does this say about their understanding of the Gospel?
Why are most of our churches continually behind budget?
Why do most teachings on stewardship, seem to bear little lasting fruit?
Does it help to have an outside voice, especially a bishop, teach your flock?
To that end I have been studying and listening to bishops and priests who have a noticeable gifting to teach stewardship effectively. I have been sitting at the feet of some of the best in the Anglican world and from many outside our “tribe.” Church of The Holy Spirit (Anglican) in Roanoke just finished a seven-week sermon series called ENTRUSTED and the Lord used it in mighty ways. God changed many hearts and opened many hands as a result of our biblical and practical teachings.
In 2016 and 2017 I am going to set aside four parish visits for churches who would like help in learning and teaching biblical stewardship in ways that have proven effective.
If you would like to have help in effectively teaching stewardship, call me and let’s work on setting up a Stewardship Weekend. First come, first served.
Gift #2 Rwanda Mission and Partnership
Second opportunity is for you, your leaders and other parishioners interested in having effective ministry and mission in Rwanda. I will come to your parish to listen, answer questions and to resource and equip your parish to fully engage in mission and relationship in Rwanda. I will work with you to have an effective and ongoing Sister2Sister parish relationship. I will also work with you to send yearly mission teams from your church to partner with a Rwandan Anglican church for collegial ministry. My church and I have been doing this for years. We have learned a lot – often by failure. I can report that these Rwanda relationships and collegial ministry has been a source of GREAT joy for us.
First come, first served.