One vital aspect of our stewardship is our giving to Christ’s work in the world. We’ve learned that giving is most effective when we commit ourselves to give a definite proportion of our income through the church. For many, this proportion is one-tenth, or a tithe. Whatever the amount, we have discovered the joy in giving to God the “first fruits,” an amount “off the top” of our income, not what’s left over at the end of the month.
"To Raise a Generation in Faith"
The purpose of our vision is not to build a building, nor increase staff funding for youth ministry. The purpose of the vision is to answer the question of “How do we form our children into disciples?”
The answer to the question centers on four basic traits that if embodied and practiced by the adults in a child/youth’s life will result in habits and virtues that will become second nature to the child in adulthood.
The four basic traits are:
1) Having a calling beyond yourself.
2) Being fluent in the faith, especially the hope that we find in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
3) Spotting God active in your life on a daily basis (Having a personal powerful God Story)
4) Being part of a High Expectation faith community.
One example of Chapelwood UMC's progress in accomplishing this vision is MAD Camp. The four basic traits are: