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Extravagant Generosity

Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ.

Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures.


— Bishop Robert Schnase on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Passionate Worship 2008

In all that we do as the congregation of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church we seek to incarnate our mission to be a place where all people Belong, Grow, and Serve. We believe through the stewardship of our presence, prayers, gifts, service and witness that we truly incarnate what it means to belong, grow, and serve as a family of faith.

John Wesley taught a three-fold understanding for stewardship; while he applied this teaching primarily to money, we at Tuskawilla UMC believe it applies to all areas of stewardship. In his sermon “The Use of Money,” Wesley taught the people called Methodist to
Make all you can
Save all you can
Give all you can


As people who make all we can, God desires us to prosperous through honest work that contributes to the common good. Through our work we learn independence and stability. Our independence is not meant to isolate us; rather, it is meant to spur us to think of and apply ourselves to the ways we can utilize the fruits of our labors toward the common good of God’s people.

As people who save all we can, God desires us to distinguish between needs and wants. We live in a culture that teaches us to maximize personal harvest through instant gratification whereas our God guides our attention and shapes our decisions towards Kingdom harvest through care for our neighbors before care for ourselves. Through learning this distinction we are able to streamline our stewardship and order our personal resources, which aids in ordering God’s resources that are available to the church.

As people who give all we can, God desires us to first earn, then save, but not hoard our resources. We are called to steward our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness as God’s helpmates in the transformation of the world. This discipline refines God’s disciples and helps us achieve and surpass our stewardship goals as a congregation.

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