Stewardship: When you step back and consider what difference your life will make to your family, your neighbors and your community, you’ll ask questions like these: “How do I best use the resources and opportunities that have been entrusted to my care?” “How should I manage my time, abilities, education, heritage and financial resources?” “How do I direct these resources…and toward what goal?” At the Free Methodist Foundation, we are committed to helping you answer these questions and experiencing a life of Stewardship Well Done.
What is Stewardship Well Done? To us, it means effectively managing the gifts and resources entrusted to us by God. There’s a familiar passage in the Bible in which Jesus tells the story of a landowner who entrusts money to each of three servants. Later, he finds that two of the servants invested the money and watched it grow. The third servant buried the money, fearful that he would lose it. The two who put the resources to work were commended by their master. The third was sent away disgraced. Jesus tells this story to illustrate that, if we are good stewards with God’s gifts, we too will hear the words, “Well done!” So what has been entrusted to you that needs thoughtful management? Click here to begin the conversation or to find out more information about the resources available to you.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s joy.” Matthew 25:21
Many donors like the idea of putting their gift to work to continue giving year after year, rather than just making a one-time gift. For these donors, we offer the option of giving through an endowment. The principal of an endowed gift is invested to provide current income and principal growth. A significant portion of the annual income is distributed to the ministry(ies) designated by the donor year after year into perpetuity.
The Free Methodist Foundation currently manages over 200 endowments totaling more than $19 million. In the past five years, over $2.6 million has been distributed to ministry by these endowments. Praise God!
If you are interested in giving to an endowment, we invite you to talk with us. You can give to a currently established endowment that benefits the ministry(ies) close to your heart, or you can set up your own endowment. Families often like to set up endowments to honor or memorialize loved ones. Gifts to endowments can be given during your lifetime, or as part of your estate.
From time to time we will be highlighting some of the endowments held at The Free Methodist Foundation. The first one we would like to highlight is The Childcare Trust Fund.
THE CHILDCARE TRUST FUND has been in existence since March 1988. Its purpose is to provide ongoing support to the Childcare Ministries Program and specific children therein. International Child Care Ministries is a Free Methodist child sponsorship initiative serving 20,000 children in over 30 countries. International Child Care Ministries works with Free Methodists around the world for high levels of care and accountability. Through education, meals, clothing and basic medical care, children in need have an opportunity for a better life. And they are introduced to the Savior. Endowments such as this sponsor well over 50 children each year! To assist in the ongoing support of children globally through The Childcare Trust Fund, donations can be sent to The Free Methodist Foundation, for the benefit of The Childcare Trust Fund. The Free Methodist Foundation Box 580, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.
All that we are, all that we possess, all that we can do, is a gift from God, given to accomplish His purposes in the world through us.
FMF Financial Services holds a balanced biblical stewardship perspective. We view the shepherding of resources as a trust given by God in varying proportions as described in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-20). We believe that God meets many needs through faithful disciples, using and giving from what they have been entrusted. While individuals can do this in many ways, some of those ways include receiving inspiration to develop new ideas that generate jobs to provide income and profit that did not previously exist. Or, this inspiration may be the ability to manage present resources so that they grow in value. Both of these add to available resources.
Whether by inspired ideas or by some other means, God uses people and his church to care for his creation. Further, for those who submit to Him, He gives the opportunity to be a steward of resources which can grow and benefit others. By calling out to Him in faith and by doing our part to plan and exercise discipline, we will see “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 34) and be able to provide for our families and bless others.
FMF Financial Services believes that God has a calling for every individual. To that end, we will provide individuals guidance in first articulating their calling and life goals and then help them shape a plan, based on their priorities, to accomplish those goals.