If your faith is meaningful to you, you might be wondering what you can do to give back to your church and your church leaders. God has blessed you with unique gifts and talents, and He means for you to use them to contribute and serve others.
Below are the seven best ways to make a church contribution. With these ideas, you can be assured that your faith, commitment, prayers, and actions will make a positive difference.
1. Contribute by being faithful and present
One of the easiest ways to make a church contribution is simply being faithful and present. Show up to listen to your pastor. Be kind and friendly to other church-goers. Also, participate in celebrations and events. Offer your help whenever your church leaders need a helping hand.
Your presence and commitment will help keep your church alive and healthy, and it could even inspire other people to follow in your footsteps and be more present for their church as well.
2. Pray for your church and your church leaders
Just like you can pray for yourself and your family, you can pray for your church, your church leaders, your pastor, your church volunteers, and all their families.
Pray for their health, their well-being, and their wisdom. Pray for them to have the strength and the courage required to face any challenges and hardships coming their way.
You can pray on your own or, of course, attend the prayer meetings of your church and join your intentions with those of other faithful church-goers.
3. Establish a church endowment fund
Do you feel that your purpose is to share your financial blessings to support your church’s mission and work? If so, you could establish an endowment fund.
Endowment funds are investment funds meant to receive donations from donors like you. These funds benefit nonprofit organizations, which use the interests generated by the funds to support their mission and work.
When you establish an endowment fund to contribute to your church, either as an individual or as an organization, the interests generated by your money will help different causes you believe in for many years to come.
4. Encourage your church leaders
On top of praying for your church leaders, you can act to become a positive and supportive presence in their life. Speak words of encouragement to them. Thank them for their work and their involvement. Congratulate your pastor on how he has inspired you with his preachings. Your support will be appreciated.
You should also make sure not to listen to gossips, rumours, and complaints. If you notice a problem, contribute to your church by doing what you can to be a part of the solution, or bring it to the attention of someone who will resolve the situation.
5. Serve your church with your talents
God has no doubt provided you with unique talents and gifts that are not only for your gratification but allow you to serve others. Perhaps you have not yet discovered those talents, but if you have, it’s up to you to figure out how you can use them to contribute to your church.
Why not speak with your church leaders and ask them if they need help with something? For example, if you are good with numbers, you could lend a hand with accounting work. If you love being around children, you could help with children’s ministry and cultivate a love of God in them.
No matter what you are good at, you can certainly put these gifts at the service of your church. And if you haven’t discovered your gifts and purpose yet, perhaps your church could help you find them and develop them.
6. Donate time or money to your church
Keep in mind that no donation is insignificant. If you have any free time, you could contribute to your church by volunteering. You can be sure that many types of behind-the-scenes jobs need to be done and that your presence and your commitment could make a huge difference. Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of a church.
Of course, you can also donate money to help support your ministry financially and support different social actions, causes, and initiatives that are close to your heart.
7. Apply the teachings of your pastor
Pastors love seeing their church-goers practice what they have preached to them. By applying the teachings of your pastor to your own life, you contribute to your church while making a positive difference in your community.
By being present, spreading love and positivity, serving with your talents, and donating time and money if you can, you can truly give back to your church and to those who work so hard to keep it alive and strong.