This morning my colleagues and I dropped into the staff meeting at All Nations church to take a £10k gift from our church to theirs. Our church Meeting (we are Baptists remember...) had talked it through and felt that this was the level of gift we should give.
Are we awash with cash? No.
Are we planning our own rebuilding programme soon? Yes.
Would it have been easier to hold onto that cash as we build up our own reserves to rebuild? Undoubtedly, yes!
So, why did we do it?
Firstly, we are aware that as we enter our own programme of rebuilding there is a strong temptation to focus solely on our own need. In giving away first we remind ourselves that we serve a God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Our rebuilding will not be done just because of our own abilities, but because God guides us and provides for us.
|Simon Pearce, our Finance Manager, |
hands a cheque to Pastor Steve Uppal
Thirdly, we were very keen to express something of what it means to build God's Kingdom, rather than establishing our own empires. In giving this gift we want to demonstrate that competition has no place in the family Jesus is building, that the success of one congregation is a success for all churches in the city.
Finally, we love the folks at All Nations, and we honour them for pursuing a big vision of what God can do in the city. There is simply no way that they will see the fulfilment of their vision without the Church across the whole city being blessed.
Today was a good day for them, but also a good day for us, and a very good day for the work of Jesus in the city of Wolverhampton.
Be blessed, be a blessing.