Frequent Asked Questions on Giving




Q: What is stewardship?

A: This is a word commonly used by churches to mean “everything we have is on one big IOU” : the car, the boat, our time, the 2-story house, our talents, the cottage, and the savings account. All of it is on loan from the One who gives us everything we could ever need. As “stewards”, we are just “guardians” of what God has given us – trusted to manage, supervise and attend to the time, talents, and treasures we have been trusted with.

At Wellspring, we see giving is more than an obligation for followers of Christ; it is an exciting opportunity to lay up treasure that will last for all eternity. The value of our 401(k) may swing up and down, but our eternal treasures last forever. Jesus explained it this way: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20). Statistics show that our culture, and even many Christians, give proportionately less than we did during the Great Depression. What an opportunity we have to glorify the risen Christ by mirroring his generosity!


Q: Why does Wellspring talk about money?

A: Wellspring is a church that is laser-focused on teaching what we see in God’s word, and given the numerous Biblical teachings on financial faithfulness and responsibility, we believe it is a topic worthy of discussion. Jesus knew the allure of earthy riches, which is why he told his followers, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24).

The great news is that financial freedom is possible! God’s will becomes incredibly more clear when money is no longer the overriding factor in your decision-making. Quite simply, we talk about money at Wellspring because we want everyone to experience this freedom!

Living generously honors God, blesses others, and changes our hearts.


Q: How do I know how much to give?

A: Throughout scripture, the Lord asks for a “tithe” or a tenth of all goods to be brought to His Holy Temple. The reality is that it all belongs to God. We encourage people to pray and respond. Allow the Holy spirit to guide your decision making, and when God answers, do something quickly! Satan loves to steal urgency from our decisions. Don’t wait. Contributing is easy.

Q: Where can I get more information on UM Giving?