Q. Why do we give through the church?
we have comes from God. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift
is from above....” When we give, we simply offer God a portion of the
abundance God has already given us. Giving is an expression of our
thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship. Being a
Christ-follower means we give God control of all our resources
including our money. Our generosity through the church is about our need
to give rather than the church’s need to receive. Giving is a spiritual
issue. It is not about the church budget.
Q. What is the concept of first fruits?
refers to giving God the first and best portion of the harvest. Giving
God the first fruits of our labor acknowledges that all good things come
from God and all we have belongs to God.
Q. How can I give?
may give online, by cash or checks during weekly worship, by dropping
off contributions at our business office or by
mail. Please use an offering envelope if you are giving cash so that we
will have a means of providing you a giving statement. You also may give
through non-cash gifts such as stocks, bonds life insurance and
retirement plans and by including the church in your estate plan.
Q. How much should I give?
Bible teaches us that we should return a portion of our financial
resources to God in the form of a tithe (10 percent). While the tithe is
the Biblical standard in both the Old and New Testaments, the New
Testament calls people beyond the tithe to the principle of generosity.
Q. Should I tithe on net or gross income?
most important thing we can do is follow the guidance of 2 Corinthians 9
and give “not reluctantly or under compulsion,” but “cheerfully.” If
you have not been in the regular practice of giving, then set a goal and
work toward a tithe of net income and then gross income.
Q. How should I tithe if my income varies from pay period to pay period?
on which is more feasible for your situation, you can handle tithing
with a fluctuating income in a couple of different ways. Some people
choose to give exactly one-tenth of their earnings for each individual
pay-period. Others estimate earnings for the year and give a portion of
the total tithe each week or month throughout the year.
Q. When I make a contribution, how is it used?
Your contribution supports the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world. Funds
received sustain the complete range of activities of the church
including those for children, youth and adults, worship, reaching new
people, outreach and missions, hospitality and the day-to-day expenses
associated with providing a staff and facility to equip the congregation
to do ministry.
Q. How can I keep track of what I give?
You will receive a
year-end statement (no later than January 30) recapping your
contributions for the previous 12 months. You also will receive periodic
updates throughout the year.
Q. What if I need to change my giving?
may change your giving at any time. As a courtesy, please notify
financial team leader.
Q. How do I approach giving as a retiree?
23 percent of those who are retired continue to do some work. Many who
are fully retired continue to receive income from a variety of sources.
Although we may view this income as fixed, we still have the ability to
choose how it will be spent.