Moving Up The Giving Ladder

Where does FBG sit on your priority list? While our church is not perfect, as no church is, what I have experienced over the past two decades is a church congregation that seeks to walk through the journey of life together as Christians. We don’t always agree on what being Christians at 847 Cleveland Street means, but I have witnessed this congregation have open and meaningful discussions about our beliefs, faith and mission. I have been fortunate to participate in the growth of this church as a deacon, member of the Personnel Committee and Stewardship Committee. As I reflect on our Stewardship theme for this year which is “Closing the Gap,” I felt moved to reflect on where FBG sits on the list of organizations and activities that receive our attention and money. The programs that we are fortunate to provide for our members and the mission programs that we support for those who are less fortunate than we are, all require money and time commitments from our congregation. While a lot of us don’t like to admit it, church is big business. Our Church has done a good job of meeting our budget the past three years; however, think of how much more our Church could do if we all tried to move FBG further up on our personal priority lists.

Whether we realize it or not, we all have a priority list for where our money goes. Most of these organizations are worthy of our financial commitments, but so is FBG. In the past, Jim Dant has asked those of us who don’t give to the mission and ministry budget of FBG, to consider giving and those that do give, to consider giving a little more. I would challenge you to consider whether FBG should move up on your financial priority list. Should FBG move ahead of some of your current commitments to your college alumni association, private club or gym dues, travel or charitable organizations? I guess it is ironic that my Clemson IPTAY pledge deadline notification is sitting on the desk next to me as I write. Just something to think about as you go through your week…

— Charles McDonald
Stewardship Committee Member