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Annual Pledging

At MAPC, we approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective, rather than from a secular business standpoint. Rather than encouraging our members to pledge and give merely as a way to pay the costs of heat, insurance, electricity, payroll and mission support, we encourage members to see their pledges and gifts as an expression of their gratitude and faith. We understand that giving is as much a means of spiritual growth as is Bible study, prayer, worship attendance, and participation in various ministries of the church. God created us in God’s image, giving us the ability to give, rather than devote life to taking. As we exercise the gift of giving, we nurture the image of God within us. As a guideline for our giving, we encourage the biblical norm of a tithe (10% of one’s income).

Some members of MAPC are not only tithing, but have moved beyond it, having experienced the spiritual power and fruit of such giving. Others are tithing, while others, generally those new to church life and its expectations, are striving to increase their giving annually until they reach the goal of a tithe. Regardless of where one is in adopting the discipline of Christian stewardship, the goal is gratitude and spiritual growth.

When people become members of MAPC, they are asked to make a commitment to an annual gift that gives suitable expression of their gratitude for the gospel, the church, and its ministry in their lives, and to estimate the amount of that giving for the next year through a pledge. Three times a year, the Stewardship and Evangelism Committees publish “MAPC Life,” a sixteen-to-eighteen page magazine that interprets the church, its life and its ministry. Each fall, the Stewardship Committee oversees the annual stewardship campaign, sending members letters and pledge cards for the next year and asking that they be returned by the following mid-January, or to make the pledge online, using the form below.

However you make your pledge, we urge you to do so, not as though you were paying dues to a social club, or making a modest contribution to various civic organizations or charities. Rather, we ask you to do so as a follower of Jesus Christ who wants to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship, asking yourself “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

The Apostle Paul reminds us, “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) May God grant each of us every blessing in abundance, as we continue to grow into the image in which we are created.

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