Are You New to Church Giving?

Giving and donations are the only way our church receives funds to operate on yearly bases.  Churches don’t charge for services, rather they operate on the faithful giving of all its participants.  Of course, everything we do has a financial cost.  Operating the building, paying for utilities, covering the salaries of the staff, all cost something. 

Faith Community Church has a budget over $350,000 a year.  There are two primary sources of income.  First, by the generous donations and giving of our members and guests.  Secondly, we are very blessed that our Faith Academy Child Development Center helps us with nearly half of this expense.  As an independent, non-denominational, Congregational church, there is no institution outside of our local church that subsidizes our expenses.  So, we depend solely on giving, fundraising, and the Academy. We depend on you, the generous followers of Christ at Faith Community Church.

One common objection to church is . . .“the church always asks for money!”  That’s not true at Faith Community Church.  Once a year we remind you to consider giving to the ministry of the church by making a commitment on Consecration Sunday.  The rest of the year is up to you!  We appreciate the generous donations of the members and friends of Faith Community Church.

Four reasons to give back to God

Giving an offering to the church reflects a grateful heart that wants to give back to God a portion of what He has given us, which in reality is already His. Giving is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.

Giving is a Reflection of the Heart

What’s the most important thing to you? We are pretty sure God is on the top of your list.  As Christ-followers, we are called to honor God with actions of our heart so that our own resources are available for His purposes.  Giving should be a reflection of our heart for God.

“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:20-21

Giving is a Reflection of our Priorities

From the earliest days of God’s people, it was a ritual to consecrate an offering to the Lord.  The faithful followers of God began the tradition of bringing the “first fruits” of the crops and livestock.  They made giving to God their first priority and as a result the Lord blessed them. God wants to be first in our lives.

“When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the first fruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land and present them to the LORD your God.”

Deuteronomy 26:1-2 (NIV)

Giving is a Privilege

The first century Church modeled for us what it means to give generously and joyfully so that more and more people could find their way back to God. Paul tells us the people found it a privilege to support the ministry of the church.

“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”

2 Corinthians 8:2-4 (NIV)

Giving is a Blessing

God uses our offerings as an investment where everyone involved in His Kingdom work gets a return. If we are blessed beyond our needs, it is not just to live more lavishly, but an opportunity to bless others. When we give to His work it is God’s nature to bless the giver.

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’”

Malachi 3:10 (NIV)

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