A Conversation about Stewardship from New England Conference UMC on Vimeo.
The Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane, director of stewardship for Discipleship Ministries spent the first week in May 2017 in New England talking about the importance of connectional giving, and how we can capture the stories of the impact that generosity has around the world.
Here is what Sloane had to say about John Wesley’s beliefs about generosity:
Wesley’s famous sermon: “Earn all you can, save all you can, so that you can give all you can” Dr. Sloane said was instruction to people outside the church who were struggling so that “they might experience some of the grace of God that comes through giving – … in the midst of whatever kind of setting you’re in.”
“Wesley understood his own relationship with God depended not just on a vertical relationship,” Sloane said, “but on how wide his eyes were open and how wide his arms were open to what the need was around him.”
Dr. Sloane said that from the beginning of the class meeting groups an offering was always taken for mission.
“Right from the very beginning,” he said, “it (connectional giving) was built into our DNA.”
Watch the video above to see more highlights from Conversations with Ken Sloane.