Stewardship is recognizing God as both Creator and Possessor of everything in heaven and on earth. As stewards we are totally dependent upon God for every blessing. He provides everything we need for life—time, talents, and possessions.
- Tithe—God defines tithe as 10% of our increase, which is “holy to the Lord.” The storehouse for the tithe is the conference, and the funds are used to support pastors, evangelists, and church school teachers.
- Offerings—These are the gifts to God that accompany the tithe. They say “thank you” for His daily care and blessings to us. There are several types of offerings:
- Church Budget—Your local church needs you to give of your time and talents for its outreach and nurture ministries, but it also needs your financial support. Church budget covers all church expense, the Sabbath School budget, outreach ministries, etc.
- World Missions—Sabbath Schools around the world support the world mission program of the Church.
- World Budget—Ministries supported by World Budget include evangelism, church institutions, and service agencies.
- Michigan Advance Partners (MAP)—This offering supports eight aspects of the work of the church on the conference level including evangelism, building programs, Camp Au Sable, camp meeting, and education.
Be assured of this, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Cor. 9:8, NASB).
Converted to Christianity at age 25, Leroy Bruch began pastoral ministry in the Ohio Conference in 1983 and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1986. His pastoral ministry experience has included pastorates in the Ohio, New Jersey, Greater New York and Michigan Conferences. Prior to beginning ministry in the Michigan Conference he also served as Coordinator and then Director of Multi Ethnic Ministries for the Greater New York Conference. Since 2001 he has served as the Treasurer of the Michigan Conference. Pastor Bruch holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, a Bachelors Degree in Theology with a Secondary Education Minor and a Master of Divinity Degree. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict Pastor Bruch served as a staff auditor for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington DC prior to entering full time pastoral ministry. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with licensure in the states of Maryland and Michigan. Pastor Bruch is married to Diana (Cross) Bruch and they currently reside in Grand Ledge, Michigan.