Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
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At the American Church in Paris we are committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ, and we believe that stewardship is a function of discipleship. How we invest the God-given resources of time, talent and money is a lifestyle issue for anyone who desires to grow in faith and commitment as a follower of Jesus. We want to encourage all of our members and friends to reflect on how their lives can have a greater Kingdom impact in the world, and we believe that learning how to receive and how to give is an important means of embodying the gospel.
We give, because God has given so much to us! How do we receive the blessings God desires for us, and learn to share those blessings? How and in what ways does a Christian faithfully and responsibly give? The most radical teaching in the Old Testament on giving is found in Malachi 3:10: "Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing." The word blessing in the Hebrew is b'rakha, and has the same root as the word for "knee." The rabbis remind us that in order to receive and to give a blessing you must be on your knees!
Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to give of your time, talent and money in order to support the ministry and mission of the American Church in Paris. Together we will give joyful blessings to this city and the world!
• How can I GIVE?
• How do I Get Involved!?
• How can I Support ACP financially?
• How can I make a financial pledge?
• What is "the tithe" and how much should I give of my financial resources?
• What is a steward and how do I become a steward of ACP?
• How do I get more information?
How can I GIVE?
There are many ways you can give to God's Kingdom through your stewardship at The American Church in Paris. Whether it be your financial resources and/or volunteering your time and talents, we need your participation! Please visit our Support Us and Get Involved! webpages for more information on how to contribute your financial and time and talent resources to the advancement of our faith. Please reflect on the blessing you have been given by God and how you can share them. Back to Stewardship FAQ.
How do I Get Involved!?
Each year in September the ACP has a Ministry Fair to introduce the members, friends, and visitors to ACP about the various groups and ministries within our diverse congregation. Please join us for this key event to find out how you can participate in enriching your Christian journey, serve our brothers and sisters, and share the talents which God has blessed you in our city and the world. If you missed the Ministry Fair, you can get involved year round by visiting our Get Involved! webpage. Back to Stewardship FAQ
How can I Support ACP financially?
ACP's various programs and ministries depend on the generosity of its members, friends, and visitors. Please visit our Support Us webpage for more information on how to contribute your financial resources to the advancement of our faith. We need your help! Back to Stewardship FAQ
How can I make a financial pledge?
What is "the tithe" and how much should I give of my financial resources?
The apostle Paul says famously that "God loves a cheerful giver." This word "cheerful" in the Greek is hilaron, which is the root of the English word "hilarious." Giving is not always funny, but should proceed from the deep joy of knowing first God's generous grace and love. The tithe, a ten percent gift of the first fruits, is like training wheels for faithful giving. Faithful stewardship requires planning and practice and can feel like a duty at times, but should always result in joyful, generative blessing to the giver and to those who receive. Part of the blessing of stewardship is learning to let go in order to receive!
What is a steward and how do I become a steward of ACP?
The New Testament Greek word for "steward," oikonomos, is a combination of the word for house (oikos) and law (nomos). In other words, a steward is a house manager, and in the New Testament was used to describe a servant who managed the affairs of a family. In the church we believe that we are all members of the household of God, and each has received gifts from God's infinite love. So we are called to be faithful stewards of the riches of Christ's love, and to bless one another in the church and in the larger community where God has called the church to be a blessing.
How do I get more information?
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" – II Corinthians 9:15.