It comes as a surprise to some that an organization like a church relies entirely on individual financial donations, and not on financial support from governments. Additionally, many of the activities and ministries are done by volunteers, not paid staff.
St. Stephen’s is no different. It is only through the ongoing commitment of its parishioners’ time and financial donations that this church can exist and function (with some help from building rental income).
But we don’t give to a church for its existence in and of itself. This is not its purpose. That is not our calling. Instead, belonging, and being committed to a church, gives us individually and collectively the opportunity to give through the church to that what God is calling us to do.
And it gives us the opportunity to receive the joys and blessings God wants for us when we realize, and use, the gifts we have for God’s mission here on earth. Jesus conveyed this message repeatedly, as do many of the New Testament authors.