Christian stewardship is a way of living in which we recognize that everything belongs to God. All resources must be used for His glory and the common good. This is more than just giving some of your time, talent, and treasure.  It is a re-prioritization of your time, talent and treasure so the ‘first fruits’ serve God.

 

A steward is someone who handles affairs for someone else. In ancient kingdoms, stewards ran the country in the absence of the king. Upon the king’s return, the steward gave a full accounting for his actions. Even when the king was present, the steward often handled the daily affairs of the kingdom. However, a steward did not own the kingdom. And, the king determined when and how long a steward would serve him.

We are also stewards over the Earth. How can we help preserve it for future generations and justly share the resources? Check out some of our missions.     Learn about Methodist Connectional Giving.
 
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NOTE: Here are some strategies to make  gifts to charity and still receive tax benefits, even if not itemizing:
  • Make gifts of appreciated securities and real estate to charity. Even if you don’t itemize, you will still be able to avoid capital gain tax by making a gift of appreciated assets held for at least one year.
  • Make gifts to charity using the Charitable IRA Rollover. If you are over 70½, you can make a direct transfer from your traditional IRA or Roth IRA to charity of up to $100,000. Such a transfer is not taxable and counts towards your required minimum distribution. The money must be transferred directly from your IRA to the charity. 
  • Make larger gifts to charity. If your total non-charitable deductions are close to equaling the standard deduction, a larger charitable gift in any year, or pre-paying your next year’s pledges into the current year, may increase your total deductions enough to allow you to itemize. The additional tax savings that itemizing offers may reduce the effective cost of your gift.
As with any change, you should contact your accountant or financial planner to understand how the new tax law will affect your individual tax situation.