Generosity + Stewardship

At Cross Timbers, one of our Core Values is generosity. It’s not what we do but who we are.

We know based on scripture we are encouraged to mature and develop as Followers of Christ and as we see opportunities to be generous, we respond.

What is Generosity?
Generosity is how we give of our resources.

What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is how we manage our resources. It’s what we do with and how we divide our time, talent and treasure.

What does it mean to live a Generous Life?
Living a Generous Life and being a good steward of our resources is something that God wants for us and not from us. We find freedom in living our lives with an open mind, heart and hand. We respond in the following ways:

Our Time which is our most valuable asset

Our Talent which are things we’re good at and that we like to do

Our Treasure which is about how we use our finances


Legacy Team

The Legacy Team serves our church with the gift of giving. The team is an opportunity for those who are called and equipped to finance the Kingdom of God and to leave a legacy.  For information about the Legacy Team contact the Legacy Pastor at: legacy@crosstimberschurch.org

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

— Romans 12:6-8


Q&A

What is First Fruit Giving? 
The Bible is clear that everything we have ultimately belongs to God, but He trusts us to steward well everything He gives us. First fruit giving simply means we give to God our best, first.  We don’t wait to see what, if anything is left over to give. It’s about making generosity a priority in our life. The Bible also teaches about offerings or financial giving even beyond the First Fruit gifts.  We call this Kingdom Giving, when we give to specific opportunities that can help God’s Kingdom and influence expand.
Why do we talk about first fruit giving vs tithing?

  1. First fruit giving is a concept that reflects priority as well as, percentage. Based on scripture God deserves our first and our best. He modeled this by giving us His first, His only and His best in Jesus.
  2. Tithing is an Old Testament concept. Jesus came to fulfill the old law and take us all to new places that exceed the legalism and rules of the Old Testament.
  3. Jesus, Paul nor any other New Testament author commanded tithing.
  4. The New Testament offers us a great deal on the topic of generosity. It frees us from following strict laws as well as, freeing us to serve others out of gratitude, rather than guilt. The following scriptures reflect the very nature of God Himself

2 Corinthians 8:3 & 9:7 – Giving Voluntarily
Philippians 4:17 & 18 – Giving Generously
Mark 12:42 – Giving Sacrificially
2 Corinthians 9:7 – Giving Cheerfully
1 Corinthians 9:3 & Acts 20:35 – Giving to support local ministries and the poor

Where does the money go?

Everyone wants to feel confident in the organizations we give to financially. At Cross Timbers, we want everyone to understand that we are giving to God through the church, not to the church itself. There are multiple ways we try and communicate how we steward our finances.

Through:

  • Stories of life change that we share consistently at the “Giving” time during weekend services
  • Annual report
  • Quarterly Financial report
  • Website

Fix My Ride

Fix My Ride is an event designed to assist single parents, the unemployed and under-employed as well as those who are not currently able to afford minor vehicle repairs and/or maintenance. (Examples: wiper blades, tire rotation, oil change, headlight/taillight bulb replacement, belts, alternators, batteries, starters, tune-ups, brakes, etc.) With the exception of tires, we will do all that we can to ensure your vehicle remains safe on the road.


Request Assistance

Cross Timbers loves to helps people who find themselves in a crisis or that need practical help to provide for their daily needs. Those who need assistance will need to complete a Request for Assistance Form before scheduling meeting.

Each applicant is carefully reviewed and all information is held in strict confidence. Cross Timbers reserves the right to either provide everything the applicant requests, only a portion, or they may refuse the request if they believe it will reinforce negative or irresponsible behavior.

Assistance Form

Required Documentation

If you are requesting financial assistance, the following documents will be needed:

  • Request for Assistance Form
  • Household Budget (Printable)
  • Supporting Documentation, such as:
    • Proof of current address (current lease or mortgage statement)
    • Proof of all expenses (mortgage/rent, utility bills, child care, auto payments)
    • Documentation on any crisis (doctor’s letter, police/fire reports, paid receipts for unusual expenses)

Car Repairs

Our Car Repair program designed is to assist single parents, the unemployed and under-employed as well as those who are not currently able to afford minor vehicle repairs and/or maintenance.

If you need assistance with car repairs, please complete the above Request for Assistance Application and someone will contact you soon.

Note: Car repair assistance is only considered during months that the Fix My Ride event is not available. If Fix My Ride is coming soon, please wait until registration is open to complete the FMR form.


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