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Spiritual Gifts

Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.

Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need. The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.

Begin the journey. Discover your gifts. Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, your neighbor, and world. You have been gifted. You have been given a purpose.

While all of life is a gift from God, the twenty gifts below are lifted up within Scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ. 

Administration

The gift of administration allows a person to organize people and resources for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success.

Apostleship

The gift of apostleship compels people to reach out to new and unfamiliar groups and individuals to invite them into relationship with God and community.

Compassion

The gift of compassion moves people to action on behalf of those in need.

Discernment

Discernment is a gift of deep intuition and insight.  

Evangelism

The gift of evangelism is the gift of faith-sharing and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those we meet.  

Exhortation

The gift of exhortation is manifest in people who offer encouragement, wise counsel, unflagging support, and empowerment.

Faith

The gift of faith is more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good, and that they people of God can rise above any obstacle.

Giving

The gift of giving is the deep commitment to provide whatever resources are needed to support God’s will and plan.  

Healing

The gift of healing is not about transferring spiritual power to eliminate suffering and disease, but the ability to channel God’s grace and healing love to those who suffer physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.

Helping

Helping is a gift of support and behind-the-scenes effort that make groups, families, and congregations more effective.

Interpretation of Tongues

Those who are gifted to interpret tongues help build bridges across cultural, generational, and language divides.

Knowledge

The gift of knowledge allows people to automatically convert facts, data, and information into useful and important knowledge. 

Leadership

The gift of leadership is a visionary, and forward looking gift that enables people to stay focused on where God might be leading us as individuals, congregations, and communities at any given time.

Miracles

Those gifted with miracles never doubt the power and presence of God in creation, and are able to help others see and believe in God’s power.

Prophecy

The gift of prophecy is the ability to speak God’s word to others, or more appropriately to be open for God to speak God’s word through us.

Servanthood

Servanthood is the gift of doing for others, sometimes to the exclusion of meeting personal needs.

Shepherding

The gift of shepherding is the gift of mentoring and providing spiritual guidance to others to help them develop in the discipleship and faith formation.

Teaching

The gift of teaching allows people to transform data and information into life changing knowledge.

Tongues

The gift of tongues is a communication gift that allows people to speak foreign languages and convey concepts they never formally studied.

Wisdom

The gift of wisdom allows people to understand deeper meaning and apply knowledge, beliefs, and experience to everyday situations.

What is Tithing?

Tithe – a biblical standard, one-tenth of one’s annual income, given as a contribution to support the ministry and mission of the church. According to the scriptures (Leviticus 27:30Numbers 18:26Deuteronomy 14:242 Chronicles 31:5, the purpose of tithing is to teach us to put God first in our lives.  Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

Tithing is a habit that encourages us to focus on God as the source of our strength, rather than our own achievements or financial assets. Tithing leads to spiritual growth.

The Church says that tithing is “the minimum goal of giving….”, but does not specify net or gross. Some people tithe out of their gross income. Many tithe from their adjusted gross income and many tithe out of the after-tax income. The important thing is to begin to tithe. God can always work on the details later.

Tithing also provides the financial assets for congregations to launch and expand a wide continuum of ministries. Together, we are able to accomplish far more than most of us can achieve individually. We might consider giving money through the church, rather than to the church. When people give to the church, they are giving to sustain the institution. However, when people give through the church, they are empowering ministry. The spiritual discipline of tithing is one of giving through the church. Tithing congregations are beacons of spiritual vitality and health. They are communities grounded in spiritual relationships, beginning with a relationship to God as the primary source of strength, hope, and life.

Helpful links for more information:

http://www.gbod.org/resources/tithing-law-of-god-or-gift-of-god-part-i

http://www.gbod.org/resources/tithing-law-of-god-or-gift-of-god-part-ii

What is Offering?

Offering – The gifts brought to God beyond our tithes. 

An offering is not linked to what we earn—it is freely given by Christians based on their financial situation in life. An offering may be given to express thanks, give praise, or to show our love for God.

What does God want?

God wants us to value what He values:  a heart that overflows with thankfulness for the One who saved us and who gives us all things.  Those who give from the heart are “free” to give generously, willingly, and cheerfully in response to the love and grace that abounds in Christ.

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV)

 

What is Apportionment?

Apportionments and Church Giving

One of the unique and defining factors of the United Methodist Church is that we are Connectional. One way we show this connection is through apportioned giving.

Apportioned giving is a term which describes how the money you give to your church each week is divided and distributed throughout the United Methodist Church. Through you and your support of apportioned giving, we are able to participate in the ministry and mission of the United Methodist Church both locally and around the world.

Apportionments are fuel for ministry.

Apportionments are fuel for ministry. They enable us to share the concerns of many people.

When we work together as God’s children and pool our giving, we are able to see the word ‘apportionment’ not as a constricting budget item but as a vehicle bringing God’s grace into our churches, our conference, and beyond.

When you give to your local United Methodist Church, your giving is divided into many pieces, and travels to many different places. It generally goes to support three significant areas: your church, the General and Jurisdictional Church Funds, and the ministries of the North Georgia Conference.

91.9% of your giving stays in your church

The largest part of your giving (91.9%) stays in your church, supporting and upholding its ministry and mission.

2.6% of your giving goes to the General and Jurisdictional Church Funds

A smaller portion of your giving (2.6%) travels to fund ministries in the Southeast and around the world through the General and Jurisdictional Church Funds.

Area X. World Service Fund
Area VIII. Ministerial Education Fund
Area XIV. Episcopal Fund
Area VII. Black College Fund
Area IX. Interdenominational Cooperation Fund
Area XI. Africa University Fund
Area XV. General Administration Fund
Area XVI. Jurisdictional Mission and Ministry Fund

6.5% of your giving goes to support the ministries of the North Georgia Conference

And finally, another part of your giving (6.5%) travels to support the ministries performed by the boards, committees, commissions, agencies, and the staff of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference. Your giving goes to support the areas listed below:

• Area I. Ministerial Support
• Area II. Retired Ministers • Pension and Insurance
• Area III. Administration Fund
• Area IV. Conference Benevolences

Camping Program (also found in Area. V. Capital Funding)

• Connectional Café
• Connectional Ministries Office
• Disaster Response
• Action Ministries
• Board of Laity
• Area V. Capital Funding 

Camping Program (also found in Area IV. Conference Benevolences)

• Area VI. Higher Education and Campus Ministry
• Area XII. New Church Development
• Area XIII. Simpsonwood

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