Giving to the church is part of the duty and delight of being part of something larger than ourselves. Together the church can do so many things that individuals cannot do. But underlying financial stewardship are at minimum three principles:
1. We give because God has so freely and abundantly provided without our asking or knowing
2. We give as an act of worship—a gift of love, a gift of thanksgiving, a gift of our whole selves to God
3. We give as an expression of faith—acknowledging God as creator, redeemer, and sustainer of life, living into a spiritual discipline that forms the faithful in deeper abiding trust, and naming the privilege of living in relationship with God.
In the end, each member will pray about how their financial stewardship reflects their relationship with God.
It is also true that the church and its ministry cost. The church has property to maintain, staff to employ and compensate, program material and resources to purchase, and an obligation to support the wider church in both the Central States Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There is much more to say about this, but this resource is intended to be a brief introduction and invitation.